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09th Sep 2023

Antony denies assault allegations in tearful Brazilian TV interview

Lee Costello


“I will produce the proof and people will understand.”

Manchester United winger Antony did an interview with a Brazilian TV station to publicly deny assault allegations that have been made against him.

The former Ajax star was dropped by the Brazil national team this week following the allegations made by former girlfriend, Gabriela Cavalin.

Speaking on the Brazilian network SBT, a tearful Antony was adamant that he was innocent, and denied all of the allegations that have been made against him.

When asked if he had assaulted any woman, Antony said: “Never. I never have and I never will. [Violence towards women] is totally wrong, 100 per cent wrong.

“I have a mother, a sister. I would never want this to happen to them.”

Two other woman have also claimed that Antony was abusive towards them, including Rayssa de Freitas who said that she required hospital treatment after being assaulted by the footballer and another woman.

Ingrid Lana said that Antony invited her to his house and pushed her against a wall which led to her banging her head.

“He tried to have a relationship with me and I didn’t want to,” Lana claimed in the interview.

“He pushed me against the wall and I hit my head. My purpose was just business. Arriving there at his invitation, I realised he had ulterior motives.”

Asked about Lana’s accusation, Antony said in the interview on Friday: “Negative. I’m 100 per cent certain that I never touched any woman. 100 per cent. I am certain.


“I will produce the proof and people will understand. They will see the truth.”

Manchester United have released a statement on the matter.

It reads: “Manchester United acknowledges the allegations made against Antony and notes that the Police are conducting enquiries.

“Pending further information, the club will be making no further comments.

“As a club, we are taking this matter seriously, with consideration of the impact of these allegations and subsequent reporting will have on survivors of abuse.”

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