Cavallin alleged that Antony, 23, headbutted and punched her in a Manchester hotel room in January, following the Manchester derby against City. Antony issued a statement denying the allegations and confirmed he had given his testimony to the police.
The Greater Manchester Police (GMP) confirmed they were aware of the allegations and stated that inquiries were ongoing to establish the circumstances surrounding the report.
As a result of the investigation, the Brazilian Football Confederation decided to remove Antony from the squad ahead of World Cup qualifiers against Bolivia and Peru.
Cavallin made these allegations in an interview with Brazilian website UOL, including images of WhatsApp messages and her alleged injuries. She claimed to have suffered a cut to her head, damage to a breast implant, and cut fingers from the alleged incident at Manchester’s Hyatt Regency hotel on January 14. Cavallin also described a separate incident in May when Antony allegedly threw his phone at her and threatened to harm her and himself.
Antony maintains that he has been “falsely accused of assault” and that his family has “suffered in silence” due to the allegations. He stated that he has “never been through a situation similar to this one” and believes that “justice will prevail” once the case is closed.
Antony, who made his Brazil debut in 2021 and has won 16 caps for his country, had been in line to feature in the upcoming matches but has been replaced by Arsenal striker Gabriel Jesus. He played for Manchester United in their recent 3-1 defeat to Arsenal before his removal from the Brazil squad.