Santos brings in Robinho, sponsor stops immediately: ‘Out of respect for women’


Santos announced the arrival of Robinho last week and sponsor Orthopride is not happy about that. In fact, the company has withdrawn immediately.

The now 36-year-old Robinho was convicted in 2013 of a rape case. A woman from Albania is said to have been a victim of gang rape at the time. Robinho was sentenced to nine years in prison, but has appealed and is still awaiting a new verdict.

However, Orthopride, a company that focuses on nutrition and dietetics, has not forgotten the situation and is immediately withdrawing as a sponsor of Santos. “We respect Santos’s history, but many of our customers are women and it is out of respect for them that we make this decision,” CEO Richard Adam told Globo Esporte. “We want to make it clear that we are not known for bringing in Robinho, the press surprised us last weekend.”

It is the fourth time that Robinho will play for Santos. He was under contract twice, including now, and twice he was rented out. The forward has played in Europe for Real Madrid, Manchester City, AC Milan and Istanbul Basaksehir.

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