Despite so far resisting calls from domestic abuse charities to do so, Manchester United still may axe Antony from Erik ten Hag’s squad.
It is an accusation that he has denied twice, however, the player has been dropped from the Brazil national team while the investigation is ongoing.
“Manchester United acknowledges the allegations made against Antony and notes that the Police are conducting enquiries,” was a statement that the club put out on Wednesday afternoon
“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.”
It has since been revealed that Cavallin’s lawyers are accusing Manchester United of helping cover up Antony’s alleged abuse, with one specific incident that allegedly happened at the Hyatt Regency Manchester Hotel being cited.
According to ESPN, Manchester United are currently refusing to confirm whether Antony remains available for selection for the club after he was dropped from the Brazil national team.
Although the club have so far resisted calls to suspend Antony by domestic abuse prevention charities for the duration of the ongoing investigation, their statement indicates that there is certainly a scenario where this could happen.
As pointed out by Chris Wheeler, although there is no direct mention of suspension within the club’s statement, the club seem to be waiting for the outcome of the Greater Manchester Police’s investigation – during a similar set of accusations aimed towards Mason Greenwood in 2022, the club decided to suspend the player.
United, realistically, have until the end of the international break to make a decision – the club’s next fixture is not for 10 days, where they will face Brighton & Hove Albion at Old Trafford.
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