Why is Antony not playing for Manchester United? Brazilian takes period of absence amid domestic abuse allegations

Antony will not feature in Manchester United’s game against Brighton at Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon. 

The Brazilian is set for a spell away from Man United after delaying his return to the club following international duty.


Antony has been given extended leave by Man UnitedCredit: Getty

He won’t play a part in the Red Devils’ Premier League clash this weekend with his return date currently unknown. 

Why is Antony not playing for Man United? 

Antony is not playing for United after delaying his return to the club.

It was announced earlier this week that the winger would be taking a period of absence to address allegations of domestic abuse. 

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Antony’s ex-girlfriend Gabriela Cavallin claims he assaulted her on four occasions and, since she made her allegations, two more women have come forward.

He denies the claims made against him in police reports in Brazil by his former partner and investigations are currently ongoing.

A statement released by the club read: “Manchester United acknowledges the allegations made against Antony.

Antony is the subject of very serious allegations


Antony is the subject of very serious allegationsCredit: Getty

“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.

“As a club, we condemn acts of violence and abuse. We recognise the importance of safeguarding all those involved in this situation, and acknowledge the impact these allegations have on survivors of abuse.”

Antony himself also released a statement, saying:  “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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