Manchester United has issued a statement concerning the future of Mason Greenwood, marking the culmination of their internal inquiry into the incidents that led to his arrest in January 2022.
Early last year, the England international was apprehended on suspicion of rape and assault. Subsequently, he faced additional arrests on allegations of sexual assault and threats to kill.
The 21-year-old was also confronted with charges of attempted rape, involvement in controlling and coercive conduct, and assault causing actual bodily harm. However, all these charges have now been dropped, enabling him to recommence his career throughout the upcoming 2023-24 season.
Initially, Manchester United had been anticipated to release a proclamation before their inaugural match of the new Premier League season against Wolverhampton Wanderers. Nonetheless, the decision was ultimately postponed.
Recently, the club’s Chief Operating Officer, Collette Roche, offered an update on the matter, and now the club has officially provided a statement.
“Following the dropping of all charges against Mason Greenwood in February 2023, Manchester United has conducted a thorough investigation into the allegations made against him,” read the statement on Wednesday afternoon.
“This has drawn on extensive evidence and context not in the public domain, and we have heard from numerous people with direct involvement or knowledge of the case.
“Throughout this process, the welfare and perspective of the alleged victim has been central to the club’s inquiries, and we respect her right to lifelong anonymity.
“We also have responsibilities to Mason as an employee, as a young person who has been with the club since the age of seven, and as a new father with a partner.
“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. Responsibility ultimately rests with the Chief Executive Officer.
“Once made, the decision will be communicated and explained to the club’s internal and external stakeholders.
“This has been a difficult case for everyone associated with Manchester United, and we understand the strong opinions it has provoked based on the partial evidence in the public domain. We ask for patience as we work through the final stages of this carefully considered process.”