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Manchester United break silence on Antony’s domestic abuse allegations

Manchester United have released a statement regarding the domestic abuse allegations made against Antony by his former girlfriend.

Antony has been accused of domestic violence by his ex-girlfriend Gabriela Cavallin. Manchester United winger is being investigated by the Sao Paulo Police and the Greater Manchester Police for domestic violence.

On Tuesday, Antony was dropped from Brazil’s national team after Gabriela Cavallin revealed more details of his alleged behaviour. Antony denied accusations of domestic violence in a statement posted on social media.

Manchester United finally broke their silence and released a statement on their official website on Wednesday, which 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.”

Domestic abuse charities warn Manchester United about Antony

Gabriela Cavallin claims that Antony threatened to throw her out of a speeding car, cutting her finger, and punching her breast implant.

Antony joined Manchester United from Ajax on a five-year contract last summer. Women’s Aid has warned the English club about the potential consequences of continuing to play Antony.

Andrea Simon, director of End Violence Against Women Coalition, said: “The world is watching Manchester United to see how one of the biggest clubs responds to these latest reports of domestic abuse. We once again call on the Premier League and FA to take meaningful action. As it is clear that these are not incidents they can take in isolation. But part of a pattern of behaviour within a culture that enables footballers to perpetrate violence against women with impunity.”

Tracy Blackwell, director of strategic insights and partnerships at Refuge, stated: “Refuge is deeply concerned by the number of domestic abuse allegations involving high profile sports figures, such as footballers, that have been emerging in the media over the last few months, and the responses that clubs have had to these.

“Powerful men so often use their status and their wealth to silence women. It is important that the FA, Premier League, and clubs make it clear to their fans. That they do not condone any forms of violence against women and girls. Domestic abuse is a crime and should be treated as such. Swift action needs to be taken to adopt a zero-tolerance policy to abuse and address this culture of violence against women and girls within football.”

Sam Barton
Sam Barton
Sam Barton fell in love with football during the 98 World Cup and has been fascinated by it ever since. The tactical side of the game is what truly inspires him to think, read and write about football, making him the ideal football writer.
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