Robinho cleared over sex assault allegation

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British prosecutors will not charge Brazil forward Robinho over an allegation the Manchester City player committed a serious sexual assault at a nightclub in northern England, police said on Monday.

The 25-year-old, Britain's most expensive footballer, was arrested in connection with a sexual assault on an 18-year-old woman in the northern city of Leeds in January.

"A file was submitted to the CPS (Crown Prosecution Service) who decided no further action should be taken," a spokeswoman for West Yorkshire Police said.

In a statement from his spokesman at the time of his arrest, the player strenuously denied "any allegation of wrongdoing or criminality".

Robinho, whose full name is Robson de Souza, joined Manchester City from Real Madrid in September 2008 for a British transfer record fee of 32.5 million pounds.