Antony’s ex-girlfriend has ‘accused’ Manchester United of attempting to ‘cover up’ assault allegations relating to the £85m Brazil international.
Antony said: “My relationship with Gabriela was tumultuous, with verbal insults from both sides, but I never committed any physical aggression.
“At each moment, whether in testimony or in an interview, she presents a different version of the accusations.
“Therefore, I come to vehemently deny the accusations made and inform you that I remain at the entire disposal of the Brazilian authorities to clarify whatever is necessary.
“I trust that the ongoing police investigations will demonstrate the truth about my innocence.”
Man Utd released a brief statement of their own on Wednesday morning as they stated that they would “take this matter seriously” but would “not be making further comment pending further investigation”.
The Daily Mail are now reporting that ‘Manchester United have been accused of trying to cover up allegations that Brazil star Antony attacked his ex-girlfriend’. They add.
‘The bombshell accusation has been made by Gabriela Cavallin and her lawyers to Sao Paulo Civil Police who are investigating the allegations of assault alongside Greater Manchester Police.
‘Cavallin claims that the club despatched senior player support officer Daniele Bertoli to the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Manchester where it’s alleged that Antony assaulted his then-girlfriend on January 15.
‘She says that the 23-year-old headbutted her and then caused one of her breast implants to become dislodged by throwing her forcefully onto the bed and falling on top of her. She claims to have needed reconstructive surgery and also suffered a cut to her head.
‘Cavallin’s legal team allege that Bertoli tried to conceal the attack by calling a club doctor to assess her so that she would not go to a hospital and arouse any suspicion.’
It is also indicated by the media in Brazil that Sao Paulo police have been asked to ‘investigate Bertoli’s role in the incident, and lawyers have also requested CCTV footage from the hotel’. Regarding United’s response, the report added.
‘United confirmed on Wednesday night that a member of staff arranged for a private doctor to visit Cavallin at Antony’s request, but denied that she was treated by any of the club’s medical staff.
‘It’s understood to be common for United’s welfare team to arrange for doctors to see partners and family members of players. The club insist that it was not aware of any of the allegations of assault against Antony until they appeared in the Brazilian media in June.
‘A statement read: ‘Any suggestion that the club covered-up these allegations is categorically false.”