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Manchester United tell Antony not to return ‘until further notice’

Manchester United have announced that winger Antony will not return to the club while he faces allegations of physical assault.

Antony was dropped from the Brazil national squad last week after his former girlfriend made serious allegations of physical assault against him in an interview with Brazilian website UOL.

The website published photographs and screenshots of messages as proof of domestic violence, strengthening the case against Antony.

Two more women made accusations against him in the Brazilian media on Thursday.

The official statement on says: “Manchester United acknowledges the allegations made against Antony.

“Players who have not participated in international matches are due back in training on Monday. 

“However, it has been agreed with Antony that he will delay his return until further notice in order to address the allegations.

“As a club, we condemn acts of violence and abuse. 

“We recognise the importance of safeguarding all those involved in this situation and acknowledge the impact these allegations have on survivors of abuse.”

Antony has denied the allegations of assault by all three women in an interview with TV channel SBT.

The Athletic report that chief executive officer Richard Arnold signed off the decision to give leave of absence to the winger following consultation with manager Erik ten Hag.

This is a massive setback for the Red Devils from a football perspective.

Antony has been a key player for Ten Hag since his blockbuster move from Ajax last summer.

The manager must quickly find a solution for the right-wing spot, with United set to face Brighton & Hove Albion next week.