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Robinho in the clear over sex assault claims

Manchester City striker Robinho will not face police charges following allegations of a serious sexual assault made in January. The Brazil international attended a pre-arranged interview with West Yorkshire Police at the time the allegations were made and answered questions relating to an alleged incident at Space nightclub in Leeds. He strenuously denied any wrongdoing.

A spokesperson for West Yorkshire Police said: "Following a report of a serious sexual assault that occurred at a nightclub in Leeds on January 14, 2009, the matter was investigated and the man was arrested and released on police bail.

"A file was submitted to the CPS (Crown Prosecution Service) who decided that no further action should be taken."

Robinho's advisor, Chris Nathaniel issued a statement:

"I am pleased to announce that Robson de Souza (Robinho) has been cleared of all allegations of rape," he said. "He has maintained his innocence throughout the police interview process and I am delighted that all charges have been dropped.

"Robinho is a hard-working family man, who is extremely passionate about football. He now wishes to focus his attention on Manchester City to help create a successful end to the season.

"Robinho will be making an official statement at a later date, in the mean time he wants to pass on his sincere thanks to all his family, friends, fans and Manchester City colleagues who have supported him through this terrible ordeal."