ManUnited winger Antony out from Brazil team after ex-girlfriend’s vitriol allegations
Antony, a winger for Manchester United, has denied allegations of physical aggression against his ex-girlfriend, which led to his dismissal from the Brazil national team.
Gabriela Cavallin claims in an interview with the Brazilian website UOL – which also published photographs and screenshots of messages between the pair – that she was attacked by Antony “with a headbutt” in a Manchester hotel room on January 15, resulting in a cut head that required medical attention.
Cavallin, a social media influencer, also alleges that Antony punched her in the chest, causing silicone breast implant harm that necessitated corrective surgery in Brazil.
On 8 May, another alleged incident occurred at a residence, with Cavallin claiming she suffered a cut finger while attempting to defend herself, accusing Brazil international Antony of hurling a glass cup at her and then taking her passport.
Cavallin reportedly filed a report with the Sao Paulo Civil Police regarding allegations of physical and verbal abuse by Antony while she was expectant and on vacation in Brazil in June 2022, as well as a separate complaint with Greater Manchester Police (GMP).
Antony, who joined Manchester United from Ajax for £85.5 million in September 2022, protested his innocence on Instagram in response to “false accusations.”
Antony stated, “Out of respect for my fans, friends, and family, I feel compelled to speak publicly about the false accusations I have been subjected to.”
“From the outset, I have treated this matter with seriousness and respect, providing the police authority with the necessary clarifications. The police investigation is subject to judicial confidentiality, so I cannot disclose its details.
“However, I can state calmly that the accusations are false and that the evidence already produced and the evidence that will be produced demonstrate my innocence.”
“My relationship with Gabriela was tumultuous, with both parties exchanging vitriolic insults, but I never engaged in physical violence.
“At each juncture, whether in testimony or an interview, she presents a distinct account of the allegations.
“Therefore, I am here to vehemently deny the accusations made and to inform you that I am at the complete discretion of the Brazilian authorities for any clarifications that may be required.
“I have confidence that the ongoing police investigations will prove my innocence.”
Greater Manchester Police issued the following statement to Telegraph Sport: “Greater Manchester Police is aware of the allegations made, and inquiries are ongoing to determine the circumstances surrounding this complaint. We will have no further comment at this time.”
Monday evening, Manchester United had no comment on the matter when contacted.
Following the revelation of the allegations, Brazil confirmed Antony had been removed from the squad for their impending World Cup qualifiers against Bolivia and Peru, with Gabriel Jesus of Arsenal being called up as a replacement.
“Due to facts that became public on Monday, involving Manchester United striker Antony, and which require investigation, and in order to preserve the alleged victim, the player, the Brazilian team, and the CBF, the entity informs that the athlete has been withdrawn from the Brazilian national team,” read a statement from the Brazilian Football Confederation.
“In order to replace him, coach Fernando Diniz contacted Gabriel Jesus, who had been pre-selected from a list of 36 players sent to FIFA.”
Man United winger Antony out from Brazil team after ex-girlfriend’s vitriol allegations