Santos' sponsor terminates deal with club over controversial Robinho signing 'in respect to women who use our product'October 15, 2020
A SANTOS SHIRT sponsor has torn up its contract with the Brazilian club after they signed Robinho.
Dentistry firm Orthopride made their unhappiness clear amid allegations of rape against the forward.
Robinho, 36, was sentenced to nine years in prison by an Italian court after the alleged gang rape of an Albanian woman in 2013.
The player denies the charges and is appealing the verdict.
However, after putting pen to paper on a miserly £52-a-week deal to play for Santos last week, the controversy has arisen again.
Orthopride state that their decision to withdraw the sponsorship is down to 'respect' for their female customers.
Chief operating officer Richard Adam told Globo Esporte: "We have enormous respect for Santos' history. But at this point, we have decided to terminate the sponsorship contract.
Santos has historically always been against any kind of violence, especially violence against women, and will continue to be.
"Our audience is mostly female and, out of respect for the women who buy our products, we had to make that decision.
"We want to make it clear that we were not previously informed about the signing of Robinho, we were taken by surprise by the news over the weekend."
Former Manchester City and Real Madrid star Robinho started his career with Santos before returning for two loan spells, in 2010 and 2014.
This third return to the club comes after journeyman spells with Guangzhou Evergrande, Atletico Mineiro, Sivasspor and Istanbul Basaksehir.
With the appeal over his conviction ongoing, the veteran was backed by Santos president Orlando Rollo after the transfer went through.
He stated: "From the information I have, there is no final decision by the Italian Judiciary.
"The process is still ongoing, and will be heard in other instances.
"Santos has historically always been against any kind of violence, especially violence against women, and will continue to be."
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