Manchester United have placed winger Antony on a leave of absence as he faces abuse accusations from three women in Brazil.
Last week, Antony was dropped from the Brazil squad following the initial allegations of abuse made by former girlfriend Gabriela Cavallin. In a statement on Sunday, Manchester United said it “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 to address the allegations.”
The club said it condemns acts of violence and abuse, adding it recognizes the “importance of safeguarding all those involved in this situation”, and “acknowledges the impact these allegations have on survivors of abuse”.
Antony himself 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.”
Rayssa de Freitas reportedly claimed she needed hospital treatment after being assaulted by Antony and a woman in May last year.
Various outlets said Ms De Freitas reported the alleged incident to the Sao Paulo Civil Police, Sky Sports said.
Another woman, Ingrid Lana, has claimed in a Brazilian TV interview she was pressured by Antony to have sex while on a business trip to England last year.
Ms Lana alleged Antony invited her to his house and pushed her against a wall which led to her banging her head.
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