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Man City ace Robinho arrested by police

Robinho, the Manchester City footballer, was arrested by police in relation to allegations that an 18-year-old woman was raped in a nightclub.

The 25-year-old Brazilian forward, who is Britain's most expensive player, was quizzed after a university student told police she had been attacked in the VIP area of the Space club in Leeds in the early hours of January 14.

Chris Nathaniel, Robinho's spokesman, confirmed that the footballer met the police yesterday "as pre-arranged as part of a criminal investigation".

Mr Nathaniel told The Sun: "He strenuously denies any allegation of wrong-doing or criminality and is happy to co-operate with the police if required further."

The Brazilian star, whose real name is Robson de Souza, is married with a son. He was thought to be in Leeds with team-mates for a night out.

A spokeswoman for West Yorkshire Police said last night: "A man was arrested today and was questioned in connection with an alleged incident in a nightclub in Leeds on January 14. He has now been released pending further inquiries."

Robinho, who earns a reported wage of £160,000 a week, is expected to play for Manchester City against Newcastle tonight.

The club refused to comment.

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