Robinho held over 'sex assault'

Manchester City forward Robinho has been arrested by police investigating an allegation of sexual 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's 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.

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Published: 2009/01/28 08:35:23 GMT