Man Utd suspend Anthony for ‘alleged assault on ex-girlfriend’ → Transfer fee evaporates at 146 billion

Manchester United have delayed the return of Anthony Martial to the club after he was accused of assaulting his ex-girlfriend, putting his astronomical transfer fee at risk.

“We have been made aware of the allegations against Anthony,” the Red Devils said on their official website on Tuesday, announcing the decision to temporarily delay his return to the club.

A number of United players have left the club due to national team call-ups in September. Those who weren’t called up to the squad either rested or stayed at the club to train, but Anthony was recently left out of the squad due to his alleged assault on his ex-girlfriend.

“His ex-girlfriend, Gabriela Cavallin, filed a police report against him for domestic violence, bodily harm and threats,” global sports outlet ESPN reported on April 4. Ms. Cavallin is a well-known Brazilian DJ and influencer with over 480,000 social media followers. She claims to have been assaulted and threatened by Anthony, as well as imprisoned.

This controversy isn’t the latest to emerge out of nowhere. Back in August, it was reported that Kavalan was preparing to sue Anthony for domestic violence.

“Kavalin claims she was threatened when she was with Anthony in Manchester, England,” British media reported at the time, “and her lawyers are now preparing to file a 70-page document and police report setting out the evidence against him.”

The Brazilian police report that received the case states that Cavallin was first assaulted by Anthony at a party at a nightclub in São Paulo, where he allegedly grabbed her by the arm and hair and pushed her to the ground. Kavalin, who was 17 weeks pregnant at the time, eventually miscarried.

After resuming a relationship with Anthony in August 2022, a month after the first assault, Kavalin was assaulted a second time in January. She was then assaulted two more times in the United Kingdom, reportedly by Anthony’s mother and a friend. She also told police that she had been threatened by Anthony and submitted photos of her injuries from the assaults as evidence. Kavalin claimed that he had not spoken to Anthony since May.

In response to his alleged assault, Anthony took to social media to say, “I felt an obligation to publicly inform my fans, friends, and family about the false accusations that I have been the victim of. I have handled this case from the beginning by providing a full explanation to the police. Due to the ongoing investigation, I am unable to disclose further details at this time.”

“These allegations are false. I can confidently say that the evidence coming forward will prove me innocent. I did not inflict any physical violence on Mr. Kavalin. I trust that the police investigation will reveal the full truth,” he said, adding that Kavalin’s allegations were completely false and that there was no assault at all. Anthony had also claimed innocence when the controversy first arose.

Despite Anthony’s insistence, the Brazilian Football Confederation rescinded his invitation to the national team on Friday, stating on its official website that “the facts that became public on the 4th require an investigation and we have decided to exclude him in order to protect the victim, the alleged player, the Brazilian national team and the Brazilian Football Confederation.”

With the end of the A-match period fast approaching and players returning to their clubs, Anthony agreed with United to delay his return to the club until the case has been resolved.

“The players who missed the international break will return on Monday (Nov. 11), but Anthony has agreed to delay his return until further notice in order to resolve the allegations,” the club announced on its website on Tuesday.

“As a club, we condemn acts of violence and abuse. We recognize the importance of protecting everyone involved in this situation and acknowledge the impact these allegations have had on the victims.”

Shortly after, Anthony also released a statement, saying: “I have agreed with United to take a short break while I deal with the unfounded allegations made against me. This is a mutual decision.”

“I want to reiterate that I am innocent of the things I have been accused of and I will cooperate fully with the police,” he added.

With all eyes on how Anthony’s assault allegations will be resolved, the club is in an awkward position. Immediately, the case is reminiscent of the Mason Greenwood sex scandal.

Greenwood, an English forward born in 2001, was once one of United’s most promising prospects. Having started playing for the club at the age of seven, Greenwood had a promising future at the first team level, scoring 35 goals and providing 12 assists in 129 appearances.

However, Greenwood’s soccer life changed drastically in January of last year when he was arrested by police for allegedly sexually assaulting and threatening his girlfriend. The club banned him from the training ground until the investigation was concluded, and in February, Greater Manchester Police announced that “with effect from this date, all criminal proceedings in relation to Greenwood have been discontinued.” Prosecutors dropped the charges against Greenwood after 12 witnesses refused to cooperate.

Despite the charges being dropped, Greenwood’s situation hasn’t changed, as the audio of him terrorizing his girlfriend during his arrest has been leaked on social media, and the club has continued to suspend him from training and playing due to public opinion.

Even after the start of the 2023/24 season, the club did not make the decision to allow Greenwood to return easily due to fan reaction and the club’s image, eventually releasing a statement on the club’s official website on March 21 stating, “We have mutually agreed that it is appropriate for Greenwood to leave Old Trafford.”

Greenwood, whose return to United was ultimately denied, will return to the field in about 20 months when he joins Spanish La Liga side Getafe on loan before the summer transfer window closes in 2023.

If Anthony follows in Greenwood’s footsteps, United will have wasted their astronomical transfer fee on him. The transfer fee United paid to Ajax for Anthony last summer was a whopping £85.5 million 카지노.

Despite the hefty price tag, Anthony had a lackluster debut season, scoring 10 goals and providing five assists in 47 appearances across all competitions, including four goals and two assists in 25 league games. He is desperate to bounce back this season, but his involvement in an assault case has clouded the timing of his return to United.

Meanwhile, United’s season was marred by a series of incidents involving Greenwood, Anthony, and the embattled Jadon Sancho.