Manchester United winger Antony has taken a leave of absence from the club to address allegations of domestic abuse made against him.
The 23-year-old Brazilian, who joined United from Ajax in the summer, has denied the allegations and has vowed to cooperate with the police investigation.
In a statement, Antony said: “I have agreed with United to take a period of absence while I address the allegations made against me. This was a mutual decision.
“I want to reiterate my innocence of the things I have been accused of. I will fully cooperate with the police and I am confident that the truth will come out.”
Manchester United have also released a statement, saying: “We take these allegations very seriously and we are cooperating fully with the police investigation.
“Antony has denied the allegations and we will continue to support him until the matter is resolved.”
The allegations against Antony first surfaced in Brazilian media last week. His ex-girlfriend, Gabriela Barbosa, accused him of physical and verbal abuse during their relationship.
Barbosa has provided the police with photographs and medical records that she says support her allegations.
Antony has denied all of the allegations and has said that he is the victim of a smear campaign.
He has also said that he is willing to take a lie detector test to prove his innocence.
The police investigation is ongoing.
In the meantime, Antony has taken a leave of absence from Manchester United. It is not clear when he will return to the club.
The allegations against Antony have cast a shadow over his promising career. He is one of the most talented young players in the world and was expected to be a key player for United this season.
The case is a reminder of the serious issue of domestic abuse. It is important that all allegations are taken seriously and that the victims are supported.
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