Mason Greenwood to leave Manchester United by 'mutual agreement' after attempted rape charges dropped

FILE - Mason Greenwood has been released by Manchester United. Photo: Paul Ellis/AFP

FILE - Mason Greenwood has been released by Manchester United. Photo: Paul Ellis/AFP

Published Aug 21, 2023


Manchester United have released Mason Greenwood from his contract after they concluded their investigation over his alleged assault and attempted rape case was dropped.

In a statement on Monday, United announced that after they had concluded their investigation, it was decided that the best way forward would be to release the forward from his contract.

Greenwood was arrested in February last year after a series of videos and photographs were posted online by a woman he had allegedly abused.

He was subsequently suspended by the club, and later charged with assault and attempted rape.

Those charges were dropped, however, earlier this year, but the club insisted they would only consider bringing him back into the fold after they had concluded their own internal investigations.

With United in desperate need of a striker, reports began to emerge in the last few weeks that his return was near, and his return would be announced “soon”. However, the club walked that back after a backlash from fans on social media.

Read the full statement below

Manchester United has concluded its internal investigation into the allegations made against Mason Greenwood.

Our process commenced in February 2023, following all charges against Mason being dropped. Throughout, we have taken into account the wishes, rights and perspective of the alleged victim along with the club’s standards and values, and sought to collate as much information and context as possible. This has required us to proceed with sensitivity and care to obtain evidence not in the public domain, including from those with direct knowledge of the case.

Based on the evidence available to us, we have concluded that the material posted online did not provide a full picture and that Mason did not commit the offences in respect of which he was originally charged. That said, as Mason publicly acknowledges today, he has made mistakes which he is taking responsibility for.

All those involved, including Mason, recognise the difficulties with him recommencing his career at Manchester United. It has therefore been mutually agreed that it would be most appropriate for him to do so away from Old Trafford, and we will now work with Mason to achieve that outcome.

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