Manchester United's Antony withdrawn from Brazil squad due to assault allegations

The 23-year-old forward protested his innocence in a social media post following allegations from ex-girlfriend

Antony has made 16 appearances for Brazil and was part of the squad that reached the 2022 World Cup quarter-finals. EPA
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Manchester United forward Antony has been withdrawn from the Brazil squad for their 2026 World Cup qualifiers against Bolivia and Peru following assault allegations, the country's football confederation (CBF) said in a statement on Monday.

The decision was taken after Brazilian media outlet UOL published allegations from Antony's ex-girlfriend, Gabriela Cavallin, accusing him of physical assault. Antony has denied any wrongdoing.

"Due to the facts that became public on Monday involving Manchester United striker Antony that need to be investigated, and in order to protect the alleged victim, the player, the Brazilian national team and the CBF ... (Antony) is withdrawn from the (squad)," the CBF said.

Antony denied the allegations on social media, adding that he could not give more details due to the police investigation.

"Since the beginning I have treated this matter with seriousness and respect, providing the necessary clarifications before the police authority," Antony said on Instagram.

"I can confidently state that the accusations are false and that the evidence already produced and the others that will be produced demonstrate that I am innocent of the accusations made.

"I trust that the ongoing police investigations will demonstrate the truth about my innocence."

A spokesperson for Brazil's Public Security Secretariat confirmed that a police investigation was under way.

Manchester United were not immediately available to comment.

Brazil coach Fernando Diniz has called up Arsenal forward Gabriel Jesus to replace Antony, who has made 16 appearances for the national team and was part of the 2022 World Cup squad that reached the quarter-finals.

Brazil host Bolivia on Friday and visit Peru four days later as they get their World Cup qualifying campaign under way.

Updated: September 05, 2023, 7:11 AM