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Robinho bailed over 'sex assault'


Football star Robinho issued a statement on his website

Manchester City forward Robinho has been arrested and bailed by police investigating an alleged sex assault.

The Brazilian international, 25, met police as part of a "criminal investigation" into the alleged attack at a nightclub in Leeds.

Robinho "strenuously denied any allegation of wrongdoing" and had been released on bail, his spokesman said.

West Yorkshire Police said a man had been arrested on Tuesday in connection with an alleged incident on 14 January.

Robinho said he was "happy to co-operate with police"

Robinho is in tonight's starting line-up to face Newcastle in the Barclays Premier League.

His spokesman, Chris Nathaniel, said: "[Robinho] strenuously denies any allegation of wrongdoing or criminality and is happy to co-operate with the police if further required."

Robinho, whose full name is Robson de Souza, joined Manchester City from Spanish giants Real Madrid in September for 32.5m, making him Britain's most expensive player.

He has since scored 12 goals for his new club and become a favourite of City fans.

Chelsea had been favourites to land the Brazilian before City stepped in to hijack the deal on transfer deadline day last summer.

Just days later, Robinho scored in his debut game for City against Chelsea, although the Londoners ended the match with a 3-1 victory.

In a statement the club said it had been "liaising with and assisting both the player in question and the authorities in relation to the West Yorkshire Police investigation".

"Both parties have been given the full support of the football club. No charges of any nature have been brought against the player and no further statement will be made whilst the investigation is continuing," the statement added.

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