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Robinho forced to leave Santos after less than a week

One week after re-signing Robinho for a fourth spell, Santos have suspended his contract amid outrage at the deal.

Robinho, 36, penned a five-month deal with his boyhood side for a salary of just €230-per-month.

But there was anger because of Robinho’s 2017 conviction for his involvement in the gang rape of a woman.

The Brazilian side lost one of their sponsors, Orthopride, in the aftermath of signing Robinho.

An orthodontics company, Orthopride said it had not been informed of Robinho’s signing and had terminated its sponsorship “out of respect for women”.

And after coming under pressure, Santos announced a mutual agreement to suspend Robinho’s contract.

The statement reads:

“Santos and Robinho, by mutual consent, have resolved to suspend the contract signed on October 10 in order for the player to concentrate exclusively on his defence in the ongoing case in Italy.”

In an Instagram story, Robinho confirmed the news.

“It’s true that, with a lot of sadness in my heart, I come to tell you that I made the decision along with the president to suspend my contract at this difficult time in my life,” said the former Brazil star.

“My goal always was to help Santos, and if I’m getting in the way, it’s better that I leave and focus on my personal issues. To the fans, those who love me, I will prove my innocence to you.”

SourceSantos FC

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