MANCHESTER United winger Antony will not return to train with the club after domestic violence allegations by ex his Gabriela Cavallin.
He is currently being investigated by police in both Manchester and Sao Paolo – and was axed from the national team for their World Cup qualifiers this month.
United’s players who were not involved in the internationals were due to return to Carrington on Monday – but Antony has been granted an indefinite leave of absence.
Antony strongly denies all allegations against him.
In a statement, Antony said: “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.”
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Man Utd must drop ‘abuser’ Antony just like Mason Greenwood, says star’s ex Gabriela Cavallin
The woman at the centre of the new Manchester United abuse allegations says accused star Antony should be axed.
Model Gabriela Cavallin, the ex-girlfriend of the £85million winger, urged Old Trafford bosses to ban him from playing while police investigate claims he assaulted her.
Her revelations come after Brazilian Antony, 23, gave a tearful TV interview in his home country on Friday denying the claims and vowing to clear his name.
Gabriela told The Sun on Sunday: “Antony needs to be taken off the pitch. It’s disappointing he’s still allowed to play while there’s an investigation.
“I am absolutely destroyed by the whole process. How can life go on as normal for him? They can’t just know what they know now and not do anything. He needs to be removed.”
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