Antony's Absence: Manchester United Striker Addresses Assault Allegations
Manchester United has announced that Antony, the Brazilian striker, will not be rejoining the club immediately while he deals with allegations of assault made against him. In a statement released on Sunday, the Premier League club acknowledged the serious nature of these allegations.
The statement issued by Manchester United reads: "Manchester United acknowledges the allegations made against Antony. Players who have not participated in international matches are due back in training on Monday. However, it has been agreed with Antony that he will delay his return until further notice in order to address the allegations."
Antony's absence from Brazil's squad for two World Cup qualifying matches is linked to ongoing police investigations into allegations made by his former girlfriend, Gabriela Cavallin. Antony has unequivocally denied any wrongdoing and expressed his commitment to cooperating with law enforcement.
In a post on Instagram, Antony wrote, "I have agreed with Manchester United to take a period of absence while I address the allegations made against me. This was a mutual decision to avoid distraction to my teammates and unnecessary controversy for the club. I want to reiterate my innocence of the things I have been accused of, and I will fully cooperate with the police to help them reach the truth. I look forward to returning to play as soon as possible."
Both the Brazilian national team and the Greater Manchester Police are actively investigating these allegations. In a troubling development, two more women have come forward to claim they were also physically assaulted by Antony. It's important to note that Antony has not been arrested or charged in relation to any of these allegations, and he has consistently denied the additional claims made against him.
Manchester United, as a club, has expressed its strong condemnation of acts of violence and abuse. They are fully aware of the importance of safeguarding all individuals involved in this situation and the profound impact that such allegations have on survivors of abuse.
While these investigations continue, Brazil has initiated its 2026 World Cup qualifying campaign. They recently secured a 5-1 victory over Bolivia and are set to face Peru in their next match. Meanwhile, Manchester United, currently positioned 11th in the Premier League with six points from four games, will be hosting Brighton in their upcoming match on Saturday.