Man Utd release Antony statement after club make key decision

Manchester United have released a statement.
Manchester United have released a statement.

Manchester United winger Antony will return to training, the club has announced.

The Brazil international was given a leave of absence on September 10 after allegations of violence towards women were made in June.

The club has confirmed he is available for selection. This week he attended a voluntary interview with Greater Manchester Police and he has always strongly denied the accusations.

The allegations, first published by Brazilian website UOL, resulted in Antony being dropped by Brazil for their fixtures against Bolivia and Peru, while Greater Manchester Police and Sao Paulo Civil Police are investigating the claims.

A club statement read: "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."

"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."