Mason Greenwood will not return to Manchester United “until further notice” following allegations of rape and sexual assault against the 20-year-old striker.
Greenwood, a product of the Manchester United academy and has made 129 appearances for the Reds senior side, will not be available indefinitely as authorities investigate.
Why doesn’t Mason Greenwood play for Man United?
On January 30, photos, videos and audio recordings were posted to the Instagram account of a woman accusing Greenwood of assault.
The graphic images depict bruises, cuts and blood along with the inscription alluding to the Manchester United player. There is also a voice memo about a verbal conflict allegedly involving Greenwood.
After being reported to police, Greenwood was arrested on “suspicion of rape and sexual assault” and taken into custody for questioning. Police have not released the name of the victim or who is the subject of the investigation.
The Instagram posts have been deleted.
What has been said about Mason Greenwood?
“Mason Greenwood will not return to training or playing games until further notice,” a statement from Manchester United read on January 30.
The statement read in full: “We are aware of the images and allegations circulating on social media. We will not be making any further comment until the facts are established.
“Manchester United does not tolerate any form of violence.”
Local police also released a statement, saying, “Greater Manchester Police were made aware earlier today (Sunday 30 January) of online social media images and videos taken by a woman.” women posting about cases of physical abuse.
“An investigation has been launched and following investigations we can confirm a man in his 20s has been arrested on suspicion of rape and assault. He remains in custody for questioning. investigation. The investigations are still ongoing.”
Nike, the official sponsor of Greenwood, also released a statement for The Athletic 30, saying, “We are deeply concerned by the disturbing allegations and will continue to closely monitor the situation.”
One day later, the sportswear giants release an updatesuspending relationship with Greenwood.
According to BBCGreenwood has not responded to the allegations at this time.
What happens next?
The statement released by Manchester United gave no timeline for a potential return, nor did it commit to a return to Greenwood at all.
As indicated in its public comment, the club will wait until the conclusion of the investigation and until “the facts have been determined” before making a decision on Greenwood’s future with the club. the set.
Manchester United are next back on the pitch from the international break in their FA Cup fourth round tie against Middlesbrough on February 4. The Reds are currently fourth in the Premier League table with 38 points as they look for a landing in the next season UEFA Champions League.
The Red Devils have also advanced to the last 16 of this season’s Champions League and are set to face Atletico Madrid in a series that begins on 23 February, while the Manchester derby against Man City is scheduled a short time later on 6. March.
Greenwood has been a productive player for Manchester United since he became a first-team regular in 2019. He signed a four-year contract with the club in 2021.
He has scored 23 Premier League goals since his breakthrough as a teenager. This season he has made 18 appearances in 22 Premier League matches with 5 goals scored.