Gabriel Jesus replaces Antony, Sergio Ramos rejects Manchester United
In a surprising turn of events, Gabriel Jesus has been called up to replace Antony in the Brazilian national squad as Antony faces assault allegations, Meanwhile, Sergio Ramos has made a bold decision to turn down Manchester United's offer in favor of reuniting with his former club, Sevilla, These developments have sent shockwaves through the football world, leaving fans and pundits speculating about the future of these two talented players and their respective teams.
Gabriel Jesus Replaces Antony in Brazil Squad Amid Assault Allegation
In a dramatic turn of events, Manchester United winger Antony has been dropped from Brazil's squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifying games due to serious assault allegations made against him by an ex-girlfriend.
The Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) issued a statement on Monday, explaining that Antony's exclusion from the squad was necessary to "protect the alleged victim, the player himself, the reputation of the Brazil national team, and the integrity of the CBF."
Taking Antony's place in the squad will be Arsenal forward Gabriel Jesus, who will join the team for the crucial matches against Bolivia on September 8th and Peru on September 12th.
Antony, 23, responded to the allegations on Monday through a statement posted on his Instagram account, In his statement, he vehemently denied physically assaulting his ex-girlfriend, Gabriela Cavallin, and asserted that he was the "victim of false accusations."
"I can confidently affirm that these accusations are baseless, and the evidence already presented, as well as future evidence, will demonstrate my innocence," Antony declared.
The denial came after Brazilian media outlets published WhatsApp messages allegedly exchanged between Antony and Cavallin, These messages purportedly contained threats made by the player towards his former partner.
In one of the conversations highlighted by local media, Cavallin mentions the need for Antony to apologize for "kicks and assaults," to which Antony allegedly responds with a brief "sorry," Additionally, an image was circulated showing Cavallin with an apparent head wound.
While Antony acknowledged that his relationship with Cavallin had been "turbulent" and characterized by "verbal abuse on both sides," he firmly denied engaging in any physical violence, He stated, "I have never resorted to physical aggression."
Antony expressed his confidence that the ongoing police investigations would uncover the truth surrounding the allegations, The situation remains fluid, with the football world closely monitoring developments as both Antony's career and the legal proceedings hang in the balance.
Sergio Ramos Turns Down Manchester United to Rejoin Sevilla
Sergio Ramos, the veteran former Spain defender, has made a significant return to his hometown club, Sevilla, after an impressive 18-year absence, Ramos's journey, which began at Sevilla, took him to Real Madrid and later to Paris Saint-Germain, before his triumphant homecoming.
At the age of 19, Ramos initially left his beloved Andalusian side to join Real Madrid in a groundbreaking transfer, setting a new record for the highest fee ever paid for a Spanish defender, Following his spell with Los Blancos, Ramos signed with Paris Saint-Germain in 2021, However, he found himself without a club after his contract with the French champions concluded in June.
Amidst this transition, Ramos was offered an enticing proposal by Saudi club Al Ittihad, luring the seasoned center-back with a substantial offer, Despite the tempting financial proposition, the 37-year-old defender made a decisive choice – to decline the offer from Al Ittihad.
However, Ramos had more suitors vying for his talents, According to 'The Sun,' Manchester United presented an offer to the Spanish football icon, United's interest in Ramos was spurred by the need to fill the void left by Raphael Varane, who faced a month-long absence due to injury.
Nevertheless, Ramos swiftly rebuffed Manchester United's proposal, a decision that didn't sit well with the English club, Ramos's determination to return to the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan stadium in Sevilla remained unwavering, and this single-minded focus led him to reject the Red Devils' advances.
It's noteworthy that Manchester United had a history with Ramos and Sevilla, In the quarter-finals of the Europa League last season, Jose Luis Mendilibar's men triumphed over Manchester United, an outcome that likely played a role in Ramos's decision-making process.
Ramos's return to Sevilla represents a homecoming of great significance, marking the end of a remarkable journey through some of Europe's most illustrious football clubs, His decision to turn down Manchester United underscores the emotional and personal connection he maintains with his boyhood club, Sevilla.