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Ten Hag speaks out on Antony criminal accusations

Manchester United manager addresses Antony issues ahead of Nottingham Forest win

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Scandals are forever popping up in the football world, and one of them is associated with Manchester United’s winger Antony.

Back in June, the player was accused of several reports of violence and domestic abuse by his partner in Brazil.

Antony has recently received a lot of praise for his performance during the Red Devil’s 3-2 win against Nottingham Forest.

However, especially after the club let go of Mason Greenwood, Ten Hag has received questions regarding Antony’s off-field issues.

When asked about Antony during the pre-match press conference ahead of the Forest game, Ten Hag said ‘no’ regarding whether the allegations are a concern to deal with.

He continued with:

“The outcome in Brazil was clear and he completed a good pre-season. He’s also scoring some goals. He is more often in the situations where he is a threat for the opponent, but not only a threat. He’s in the key moments there, where he should have been. Now we have to finish.

“In pre-season, he scored two goals and, also, I think, one assist. So I think he is in a good direction. And now he has to speed up because, for us, good is not good enough. So don’t get distracted. Focus on football and on performing.”

Antony responded to the accusations at the end of June, saying: “After submitting my statement at the police station where the investigation of the investigation involving my name is being conducted, I wanted to speak publicly for the first time since I was falsely accused of assault.

“I stayed silent until the moment so that nothing could interfere with the investigation process, but during all those days my family and I suffered in silence. Despite being born and raised in a very needy community, I had never been through a situation similar to this, in which a false assault charge resulted in a preliminary and unfair public judgment on the part of some.

“After the closure of the investigation my innocence will be proven certain that justice will prevail and the damage initially caused to my image will be in the past. Thank you for the countless messages of support received at this very difficult time.”

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