Manchester United winger Antony has been on leave as he faces allegations of abuse from three women in Brazil. Following his exclusion from the Brazilian national team due to the initial allegations made by his ex-girlfriend, Gabriela Cavallin, two other women have come forward with similar claims.
Manchester United issued a statement acknowledging the allegations and condemning all forms of violence and abuse. The club stressed the importance of safeguarding all involved and acknowledged the impact of these allegations on survivors of abuse.
Antony has explained that the decision to take a leave of absence was mutual with the club. He expressed his commitment to fully cooperate with the police to uncover the truth and maintained his innocence.
The 23-year-old winger, who joined Manchester United from Ajax last September for £85m, will continue to receive his full salary during his absence.
Sky News sports correspondent Rob Harris clarified that Antony’s departure is an “agreement” between the player and the club. Antony’s return to the team remains uncertain, pending investigations by Greater Manchester Police and the Brazilian authorities.
Gabriela Cavallin, a social media influencer, alleged that Antony assaulted her with a headbutt in a Manchester hotel room in January, resulting in a cut that required medical treatment. She also claimed he punched her in the chest, causing damage to a silicone breast implant that required corrective surgery. He reported these allegations to both the Sao Paulo Civil Police and the Greater Manchester Police.
Rayssa de Freitas, a law student, reported needing hospital treatment after an alleged assault by Antony and another woman in May of the previous year. Ingrid Lana, a banker, claimed in an interview on Brazilian television that Antony pressured her into sex during a business trip to England last year, claiming he pushed her against a wall and hit the head
Antony denies all allegations and has not been arrested or charged. Women’s Aid, a charity which supports survivors of domestic abuse, welcomed Manchester United’s decision to put Antony on leave, stressing the importance of prioritizing safeguarding.
The development follows an earlier incident involving Manchester United player Mason Greenwood, who was suspended last year amid charges of attempted rape and assault, which were later dropped. Greenwood was subsequently loaned out to La Liga club Getafe in Spain.
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