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Manchester United releases an statement about Mason Greenwood returning

Manchester United has issued a statement refuting any determination regarding the fate of striker Mason Greenwood.

United suspended Greenwood in January 2022 following his arrest in connection with audio and images circulating on social media involving a purported sexual assault.

In October 2022, the striker faced charges encompassing attempted rape, controlling and coercive behavior, and assault resulting in actual bodily harm. Greenwood contested all of these allegations.

All charges against him were subsequently dropped in February by the Crown Prosecution Service. A statement said “a combination of the withdrawal of key witnesses and new material that came to light meant there was no longer a realistic prospect of conviction.”

Reports had indicated that a verdict regarding the reintegration of Greenwood into the squad or his dismissal was expected prior to the commencement of the Premier League season. However, when United initiated their campaign against Wolves on Monday, no official statement had been issued.

United release a vague statement about Greenwood

Prior to kick-off, certain fans staged a protest, urging the club not to reinstate the striker. Two women informed GOAL that they would cease supporting United if Greenwood were to return.

According to The Athletic on Wednesday, United’s chief executive Richard Arnold purportedly informed the club’s executive leadership of their intentions to reintegrate Greenwood into the squad. Arnold intended to announce this decision through a video on August 4 publicly. However, the announcement was postponed.

In a statement, United denied the claims made in the report and refuted that a decision had been made on Greenwood’s potential return. It read: “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.

“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.

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“But 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.”

United’s chief operating officer Collette Roche, also speaking to The Athletic, added: “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 by the police.

“You’d expect us to engage with people who were relevant in terms of stakeholder groups. And now we just need to make the decision. That decision is firmly a decision that’s on us.”

Ethan Dempsey
Ethan Dempsey
Ethan is a lifelong football fan. When he is not obsessing over the Premier League games, Ethan likes to read fantasy tomes, watch football documentaries and waste hours upon hours on video games.
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