United’s 1-0 win over West Ham at Old Trafford in January 2022 remains his most recent competitive football appearance – now set to be his last in a United shirt – with a series of allegations made against Greenwood on January 30 prompting his arrest on suspicion of Voldtægt og overfald. He was further arrested on February 1 on suspicion of sexual assault and making threats to kill.
Greenwood was taken into questioning by police and, while still in custody, the England international was re-arrested on suspicion of sexual assault and threats to kill before being granted bail. Han nægtede alle anklager.
The Crown Prosecution Service announced there was “no longer a realistic prospect of conviction” in Greenwood’s case after key witnesses withdrew their cooperation from the police investigation. Alle anklager mod ham blev frafaldet, og sagen blev indstillet.
— Kvindelige fans mod Greenwoods tilbagevenden (@FFAGR2023) 11. august 2023
United’s chief operating officer, Collette Roche, told The Athletic this week: “We’ve done a really detailed and thorough internal investigation and we’ve asked as many people as we can around what happened and try to understand it beyond the original investigation done af politiet.
Atletikken reported that United’s chief executive, Richard Arnold, told senior staff at the club in the first week of August that Greenwood would be brought back into the first-team picture. Rapporten hævdede, at United planlagde at afgive meddelelsen den 4. august, men klubben forsinkede derefter dette.
United bestred påstanden om, at beslutningen om Greenwood allerede var truffet. De sagde: “The fact-finding phase of our investigation is now complete, and we are in the final stages of making a decision on Mason’s future. Contrary to media speculation, that decision has not yet been made and is currently the subject of intensive internal deliberation . Ansvar hviler i sidste ende hos den administrerende direktør.
“Når beslutningen er truffet, vil beslutningen blive kommunikeret og forklaret til klubbens interne og eksterne interessenter.”
Manchester United Mason Greenwood -erklæring fuldt ud
En rapport fra Atletikken Klubben havde besluttet at bringe ham tilbage i det første hold, men
“Manchester United har afsluttet sin interne efterforskning af påstandene mod Mason Greenwood.
“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 har begået fejl, som han tager ansvar 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 opnå dette resultat. “
Klubens administrerende direktør Richard Arnold frigav også en erklæring, der forklarede klubbens proces om at tage en beslutning om Greenwood.
Greenwood frigav også en erklæring, der læste som følger:
“I want to start by saying I understand that people will judge me because of what they have seen and heard on social media, and I know people will think the worst. I was brought up to know that violence or abuse in any relationship is wrong , I did not do the things I was accused of, and in February I was cleared of all charges. However, I fully accept I made mistakes in my relationship, and I take my share of responsibility for the situations which led to the social media stolpe.