Women’s Aid have welcomed the decision for Antony to stay away from Manchester United as the Brazil star continues to face allegations of domestic abuse .
Manchester United confirmed that Antony will delay his return to the squad until further notice to defend himself against the claims made by three women.
The 23-year-old Brazilian winger has not been suspended and is being placed on a leave of absence.
It comes after discussions between chief executive Richard Arnold and manager Erik ten Hag , as well as Brazil’s decision to drop Antony from their squad for the World Cup qualifiers against Bolivia and Peru on Monday night
Following United’s announcement, Women’s Aid tweeted: ‘At Women’s Aid we welcome the decision that following serious allegations of domestic abuse and violence against women, Antony will not be returning to training or games for @ManUtd until further notice, as this situation is addressed. Safeguarding must always be the priority.’
Manchester United confirmed Antony will not return to the club with other players on Monday
Gabriela Cavallin, 22, has alleged that the Brazilian winger assaulted her on four occasions
Women’s Aid welcomed the decision insisting ‘safeguarding must always be the priority’
Manchester United fan Rachel Riley has since shared the post by Women’s Aid on social media
The post by Women’s Aid has since been shared by Countdown co-presenter Rachel Riley.
Riley previously criticised United for the Brazilian’s signing after news of the allegations came out.
‘United bought Antony in September 2022,’ she wrote on social media.
‘He’d already been reported to the police for violence against a woman in May 2022. Great due diligence. Great way to spend £86m. Great ambassador for the club.’
The Red Devil’s statement on Sunday read: ‘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.
‘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.’
Antony is facing allegations of domestic abuse but has not been arrested or charged and has maintained he has done nothing wrong
The statement follows discussions with Manchester United CEO Richard Arnold
Antony also published a statement where he said the decision was ‘mutual’ with the club
Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag will be without the player for the foreseeable future
Antony has not been arrested but police in Manchester and Sao Paulo are investigating the claims made against him.
The former Ajax player denies any wrongdoing and gave a tearful interview on Brazilian television on Friday night protesting his innocence.
He also issued a new statement on Sunday, saying: ‘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.’
Antony’s ex-girlfriend Gabriela Cavallin has accused him of assaulting her on four occasions. Two more women, law student Rayssa de Freitas and banker Ingrid Lana, have come forward in his native Brazil to make similar claims of aggressive behaviour.