In a development that has sent shockwaves through the football world, Manchester United’s star winger, Antony, will not be rejoining the club immediately as he grapples with serious assault allegations. The English Premier League giants released a concise statement on Sunday, addressing the gravity of the situation.
“Manchester United acknowledges the allegations made against Antony,” the club stated. “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 crucial World Cup qualifying matches is a direct result of an ongoing police investigation into allegations leveled against him by his former girlfriend, Gabriela Cavallin. The player vehemently denies any wrongdoing, and he took to Instagram to share his perspective.
“I have agreed with Manchester United to take a period of absence while I address the allegations made against me,” Antony wrote. “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.”
The seriousness of the matter is underscored by the fact that both Brazilian authorities and the Greater Manchester Police are actively investigating the allegations. In a further twist, two more women have come forward with claims of physical assault by Antony. It is important to note that the player has not been arrested or charged, and he vehemently denies these additional allegations as well.
Manchester United, in response to the unfolding situation, issued a strong statement: “As a club, we condemn acts of violence and abuse. We recognize the importance of safeguarding all those involved in this situation and acknowledge the impact these allegations have on survivors of abuse.”
This episode comes at a time when Manchester United is already grappling with the aftermath of their decision to part ways with Mason Greenwood. The young striker, aged 21, had faced grave charges, including attempted rape and assault. However, in February, prosecutors announced that the case had been dropped due to key witnesses withdrawing and the emergence of new evidence.
Reports suggesting that Manchester United intended to retain Greenwood after a comprehensive six-month internal investigation were met with widespread public outcry. Consequently, the club announced in August that Greenwood would be embarking on a journey to rebuild his career elsewhere, ultimately securing a loan move to Spanish side Getafe.
Antony, a talented winger, arrived at Manchester United just over a year ago from Ajax in a high-profile 85-million-pound ($107 million) deal. During his time with the Red Devils, the 23-year-old has made 48 appearances and netted eight goals. He played a pivotal role in the side’s recent triumph in the English League Cup.
Meanwhile, Brazil has kicked off its 2026 World Cup qualifying campaign with a resounding 5-1 victory over Bolivia, setting high expectations for the tournament. They are scheduled to face Peru next.
Manchester United currently finds itself in the 11th position in the Premier League, having accumulated six points from four games. Their next challenge awaits as they prepare to host Brighton on Saturday, but the cloud of uncertainty surrounding Antony’s return looms large over the club.