The Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) confirmed that Antony has been withdrawn from the squad for their upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Bolivia and Peru.
In a statement, the CBF said: “Due to the facts that became public this Monday (04/09), involving striker Antony, from Manchester United, and which need to be investigated, in order to preserve the alleged victim, the player, the Brazilian team and the CBF, the entity informs that the athlete has been withdrawn from the Brazilian team.”
Arsenal forward Gabriel Jesus has been called up to replace Antony in the squad. This comes just days after manager Fernando Diniz had originally selected Antony for the international fixtures this month.
The decision to drop Antony from the national team shows the seriousness with which the Brazilian authorities are taking the domestic abuse accusations.
It is a significant blow for the Manchester United player as he continues to deny the claims made by Cavallin.
Antony will now be unavailable for Brazil’s crucial World Cup qualifiers as the investigations into Cavallin’s allegations continue in both the UK and Brazil.
His exclusion from the Seleção underscores the sensitivity of the ongoing situation.