Manchester United winger Antony is being investigated by Brazilian police following allegations that he was abusive towards his ex-girlfriend.
The footballer, who joined the Premier League side in 2022, is reported by Universo Online (UOL) to have made threats to Gabriela Cavallin and physically abused her to the extent of damaging breast implants and cutting her finger open.
It is the second time that the Brazilian has been reported by Cavallin, with the first occurring in 2022. The latest allegation is said to have happened in January 2023.
“I don’t remember exactly who the fight was about, but it was someone I had been with years ago,” Cavallin told UOL. “He punched me in the chest and my silicone [implant] turned over.”
She continued: “I knew I had to leave, but I couldn’t. I liked him a lot. I had a lot of hope.
“I was very attached to the beginning of our relationship, to the things he was to me in the beginning. On that last day [May 8], it was very serious. I was really scared that I wouldn’t be able to get out of the house.”
The news is the latest in a string of allegations of mistreatment of women by male football figures that has included Ryan Giggs, Mason Greenwood, Luis Rubiales and now Antony.
The footballer responded by taking to his Instagram to release a statement that claimed the allegations were false and that he has suffered in silence.
“‘After submitting my statement at the police station where the investigation involving my name is being conducted, I wanted to speak publicly for the first time since I was falsely accused of assault,” said Antony.
“I stayed silent until this moment so that nothing could interfere with the investigation process, but during all these days my family and I suffered in silence.
“Despite being born and raised in a very needy community, I have 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 certainly be proven and justice will prevail. The damage initially caused to my image will be in the past.
“Thank you for the countless messages of support received at this very difficult time.”