Alleged Assault: Manchester United Recall Anthony to Squad
By Dipo Olowookere
Brazilian winger, Anthony, is now eligible to make the Manchester United squad again, a statement from the football club has disclosed.
A few weeks ago, the footballer was suspended by the English sports outfit over allegations of assault in his home country.
His former girlfriend, Rosilene Silva, accused the footballer of assaulting her, prompting the police in Brazil to launch an investigation into the claims.
The police in the United Kingdom also took an interest in the matter, forcing the Old Trafford team to ask Anthony to stay away from the team.
In an update on Friday, a statement from the club said Anthony was cooperating with the police in the UK and Brazil, with a view to getting to the root of the allegation.
Manchester United, which emphasised that it does not support violence in any form, said Anthony can return to the team, though he would still make himself available to the authorities.
“Since allegations were first made in June, Antony has co-operated with police inquiries in both Brazil and the UK, and he continues to do so.
“As Antony’s employer, Manchester United has decided that he will resume training at Carrington, and be available for selection, while police inquiries proceed. This will be kept under review pending further developments in the case.
“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,” the statement today read.
Recall that another player of Manchester United, Mason Greenwood, is currently playing outside the UK. He was accused of assaulting his partner, who now has a child with him. He has been away from the club for more than a year. There are speculations that he could return to the Theatre of Dreams by January or next season.