By Victor Kanayo
Another Manchester United player Antony is facing a dark cloud in his career.
This is after his former partner Gabriela Cavallin accused him of physically assaulting her.
Cavallin alleged that Antony attacked her on various occasions between June 2022 and May 2023, including an incident when the footballer threw a glass at her, which left bones on her finger visible.
She also alleged of an attack that was said to have occurred when she was pregnant.
Antony, she claimed, attacked her while they were in a car, and threatened to throw her from the moving vehicle and indicated that he would kill her, the baby and himself.
According to her, “He said that if I didn’t stay with him, I wouldn’t stay with anyone. That I was pregnant with his child. Either I would stay with him or I, him and our son would die.
“I told him I was pregnant, that he was scaring me, making my heart race. I was trembling with fear.”
Cavallin said she has already filed complaints with the Sao Paulo police and Greater Manchester Police as she gave details off the alleged attack to UOL.
Following the allegation, Antony has been dropped from Brazil senior national squad expected to prosecute matches during the current international break.
A statement by the Brazilian Football Federation (CBF) said, “In light of the facts which came to light on Monday (04/09) concerning #mufc player Antony, which must be investigated, and in order to safeguard the alleged victim, the player, the Brazilian national team and the CBF, the organization informs that the athlete has been removed from the Brazilian national team.”
Already, Antony has denied the accusations via his Instagram, saying: “After submitting my statement at the police station where investigation involving my name is being conducted, I wanted to speak for the first time since I was falsely accused of assault.
“I stayed silent until the moment so that nothing could interfere with the investigation process, but during all those days my family and I suffered in silence. Despite being born and raised in a very needy community, I had never been through a situation similar to this, in which a false assault charge resulted in a preliminary and unfair public judgement on the part of some.
“After the closure of the investigation my innocence will be proven. [I am] certain that justice will prevail and the damage initially caused to my image will be in the past. Thank you to the countless messages of support at this very difficult time.”
Another Assault Call On United Lineup
Antony has become another United’s player to face such career stumbling block, few months after Mason Greenwood who recently joined Getafe in the Spanish La Liga.
Greenwood, an English footballer was accused of attempted rape, controlling and coercive behaviour and assault, but the case was dropped in February, 2023.