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Santos terminate Robinho contract as controversy over rape verdict grows

Santos have decided to terminate the contract of Robinho, less than a week after he completed his return to the Brazilian club. Santos have decided to suspend the deal of the former Real Madrid forward after sponsors reportedly threatened to cut contracts with the club after they signed a player who has been convicted of rape charges in Italy.

“Santos and Robinho have by mutual agreement resolved to suspend the contract signed on 10 October so that player can concentrate exclusively on his court defence in Italy,” the club said in a statement posted on Twitter. the 36-year-old rejoined his boyhood club last week after he completed a move from Turkish giants Istanbul Basaksehir.

Robinho was found guilty of rape in 2017 and he has been appealing ever since his verdict. The case is still open and Santos want to give the former Brazil star the space to complete the appeal. Despite Robinho appealing, fans, public figures and sponsors were very critical about his return, and the position of the forward at the club became untenable.

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