Man Utd star Antony to 'take period of absence' to address abuse allegations levelled against him

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The United players not in international action were due back in training on Monday.

Manchester United winger Antony is to “take a period of absence” to address the allegations of violence towards women levelled against him.

The 23-year-old has not been away with Brazil as planned after being removed from their squad following allegations from former girlfriend Gabriela Cavallin. Two other women have since come forward with accusations. 

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Police in Manchester and Sao Paulo are investigating but the £85million forward has continued to deny any wrongdoing and has not been arrested or charged. 

United’s players not in international action were due back in training on Monday but Antony will not be amongst them. He has not been suspended and remains on full pay.

The club said in a statement: “Manchester United acknowledges the allegations made against Antony.

“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.

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“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.”

In his 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 team-mates 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.”

United are fresh from dealing with Mason Greenwood’s future, the forward continuing his career on loan at Getafe in Spain.

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