Man Utd take Antony abuse allegations ‘seriously’ as they release statement after Brazil axing

Man Utd winger Antony Credit: Alamy
Man Utd winger Antony Credit: Alamy

Premier League side Manchester United are “taking seriously” allegations of domestic abuse made against forward Antony.

Antony was dropped by Brazil following accusations of physical aggression on a number of occasions since January by his former girlfriend Gabriela Cavallin.

The 23-year-old, who has made 31 appearances since Cavallin made a complaint to Greater Manchester Police (GMP) in January, has denied the claims.

“Manchester United acknowledges the allegations made against Antony and notes that the police are conducting enquiries,” said a club statement.

“Pending further information, the club will be making no further comments.

“As a club, we are taking this matter seriously, with consideration of the impact of these allegations and subsequent reporting will have on survivors of abuse.”

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Antony has started all four of Man Utd’s Premier League matches this season but is yet to contribute a goal or an assist for the Red Devils.

And Ian Wright said over the weekend that he can’t understand why Erik ten Hag persists with the Brazilian over Alejandro Garnacho.

After watching Man Utd lose 3-1 to Arsenal on Sunday, Wright told Premier League productions: “I think Garnacho is a positive [from the defeat]. I think they’ve got to find some way of getting a midfielder in their team who can get on the ball, control it and then use the pace of Rashford and use the pace of Garnacho.

“Because they’re playing on the counter-attack. I’m listening to Bruno Fernandes saying he was happy with the way it went, he thought they played well and dug in.

“Man United have got the kind of players [to attack more]. We saw it with Garnacho, who I cannot believe does not start in front of someone like Antony.

“He [Garnacho] can come on in that game and, even if you’re playing in that style of football, he’s surely going to be better than what Antony is giving you at this particularly moment.

“We saw it in that little cameo there what he did. For me, Man United are only missing a person to get the ball in midfield and control it and pass it so they can build up their movement off the ball.”


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