Alleged assault on girlfriend eventually excluded from training
Anthony Martial, who allegedly assaulted his ex-girlfriend, has been banned from training with the club.
Manchester United announced on Tuesday (July 10) via the club's official website, "We acknowledge the allegations against Anthony. Players away on international duty are due to return on Monday, but Anthony has agreed to defer his return until further notice in order to resolve the allegations."
Anthony has been accused of assaulting his ex-girlfriend. Brazilian outlet UOL recently reported that Anthony's ex-girlfriend, Gabriela Cavallin, was assaulted multiple times over the course of a year, beginning in June 2022. She also alleged that Anthony threatened to throw her out of a moving car.
Anthony's assaults reportedly left her injured. Kavalin told local Brazilian media that she was assaulted in January at a hotel in Manchester by Anthony, kicking and punching her, and in May, while pregnant, she claimed to have suffered a finger injury.
In response, Anthony denied that it was true. "Out of respect for my fans, friends, and family, I feel the need to speak publicly about the false accusations I have been the victim of," Anthony wrote on his social media accounts. From the beginning, I took this matter seriously. I explained it clearly to the police. I can't disclose the contents, but the accusations are false," he said, insisting on his innocence.
Following the controversy, the Brazilian national team dropped Anthony from its roster. On May 5, the Brazilian national team released an official statement saying, "The facts related to Manchester United forward Anthony need to be investigated. In order to protect the victim, we announce that the player has been excluded from the team. To replace him, we have selected Gabriel Jesus," the Brazilian national team said, noting that the Arsenal forward had replaced Anthony.
Manchester United also weighed in. "We acknowledge the allegations against Anthony, which are being investigated by the police," the club said on its website on June 6. Until further information is available, the club will not comment further on the matter. We take this matter seriously, given the impact it will have on the victim."
Amid the contradictory statements from both sides, Anthony continued to deny Cavallin's allegations as false. On September 9, Anthony responded to European transfer market expert Fabrizio Romano on social media, saying, "I never advocate violence against women. I have a mother and female siblings. It is unacceptable for them to be assaulted. She is lying and the truth will come out," he said in an interview.
Prior to the club's official announcement of his exclusion from training, Kabalin also spoke out in the media on Tuesday, arguing that Anthony should be banned from playing while police investigate the allegations. "Anthony should be taken off the field. It's disappointing that he can still play while the investigation is ongoing. My life is completely ruined, how can he be normal? He should be excluded."
After a stint at Ajax, Anthony switched to United's colors last season at the behest of his former mentor, Erik ten Hagh. The then €100 million signing was highly anticipated, but he struggled to make an impact in his first season, scoring four goals and providing two assists in 25 appearances. This season, he was a regular in the starting lineup, but still didn't make much of an impact.
The Red Devils have already had to deal with the controversy surrounding Mason Greenwood's personal life. The 메이저사이트 former United youth product was accused of assaulting his girlfriend two years ago, leading to a lawsuit. The case was dismissed in February, but the club upheld its disciplinary action, and Greenwood was banned from training and matches. With two years left on his contract, United wanted to get rid of Greenwood, who eventually left on loan to Spanish side Getafe.
United currently sit in 11th place with a record of two wins and two losses. With the upcoming UEFA Champions League (UCL) and English Football League Cup (EFL Cup) on the horizon, the Red Devils are in a tough spot.