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Mason Greenwood: Charges against Manchester United forward dropped

Greater Manchester Police have announced that criminal proceedings against a’ 21-year-old man’ have been discontinued today.

While the statement does not name the individual, it is understood that the case involves Manchester United forward Mason Greenwood.

He was charged last year with attempted rape, engaging in controlling and coercive behaviour, and assault. The allegations related to the same woman.

However, Chief Superintendent Michaela Kerr, GMP’s Head of Public Protection, has confirmed the case has now been dropped.

“Given the significant media coverage of this case, it is only fair that we share the news that the 21-year-old man, who had been arrested and charged in connection with an investigation opened in January 2022, no longer faces criminal proceedings in relation to this,” Kerr said.

“The investigation team has remained in regular contact with the legal team, providing any updates of note, and so understand the rationale for the discontinuation of proceedings at this stage, and that this decision has not been taken lightly.

“Despite the media and public’s interest in this case, we have decided not to comment on it in any further detail.

“I would, however, like to use this opportunity to reiterate GMP’s commitment to investigating allegations of violence against women and girls and supporting those affected, regardless of their circumstances, throughout what can be a hard and upsetting time for them.

“An ever-increasing number of officers are receiving specialist training and the force is more consistently utilising tools, available via the criminal justice system, to keep people safe and care for victims.

“If you feel you are or might be a victim, please don’t let this case put you off asking for help.”

Greenwood has been with the club since the age of six, progressing through the youth system before joining the first-team squad.

The club suspended Greenwood during the court process, while his sponsor Nike severed ties with him due to the allegations.

It is unclear at this stage what the club or manager Erik ten Hag will decide now Greenwood no longer faces criminal proceedings.