Man Utd issue statement over Antony abuse allegations

Manchester United insist they are taking the Antony abuse allegations ‘seriously’ after Greater Manchester Police confirmed enquires have been made.

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Antony’s former girlfriend, Gabriela Cavallin, has alleged that she has been physically attacked by the 23-year-old winger on several occasions during their time together in Manchester.

A statement from United on Wednesday read: ‘Manchester United acknowledges the allegations made against Antony and notes that the Police are conducting enquiries.

‘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.’

Antony posted a statement on Instagram on Monday evening denying the allegations, which read: ‘Out of respect for my fans, friends and family I feel obligated to speak publicly about the false accusations I have been a victim of.

‘From the beginning I have handled this issues seriously and with respect, providing the due clarifications to the police authority. The police inquest is under cover of justice, and therefore I cannot make its content public.

‘However, I can say with confidence that the accusations are false and that the evidence already produced and more to be produced show that I am innocent of the accusations made. My relationship with Ms. Gabriela was tumultuous, with verbal offences from both sides, but I never practiced any physical aggression.

‘Every time, whether in testimony or in interview, she presents a different version of the accusations.

‘Thus, I come to deny the accusations made and inform that I remain at the full disposal of the Brazilian authorities to clarify what is needed. I trust the ongoing police investigations will reveal the truth about my innocence.’

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