Mason Greenwood is currently on an indeterminate suspension; Manchester United has finally declared their choice. Evidently, the speculative rumors were accurate—the club has completely changed its mind and will no longer partner with the English forward.
When the extremely serious allegations against Greenwood were initially made public, United had plans to formally reinstate Greenwood, who hasn’t played or spoken in public since late January 2022. However, as soon as the public learned of the probable return to the club, there was a backlash, and MUFC quickly changed its position completely.
Today, Greenwood broke his quiet by making a public statement along with the team. He was promised assistance in finding a new club by MUFC.
Early in 2022, Greenwood was charged with attempted rape, coercive behavior, and assault causing actual bodily harm. In February of this year, those criminal accusations were dismissed. The forward vehemently denies all the allegations despite terrible images and devastating audio of the accusations being published online.
He is still under contract to the squad till 2025, or until the organization finds him a new home. Since he was 7 years old, or more than 15 years, he has been a member of the club.
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,” reads the club statement, which was released late afternoon, in the UK time, on Monday.
Due to this, we have had to act delicately and carefully in order to get information that is not in the public domain, especially from those who have firsthand knowledge of the case.
“Based on the information at our disposal, we have come to the conclusion that the internet content did not present a complete picture and that Mason did not commit the charges for which he was first charged. Having said that, Mason has made mistakes that he is accepting responsibility for, as he has said publicly today.
“Everyone involved, including Mason, is aware of the challenges he faces in starting over at Manchester United. Therefore, it has been decided that it would be best for him to do so outside of Old Trafford, and we will now cooperate with Mason to make that happen.
In all honesty, a resolution is excellent for all parties concerned and long overdue. This procedure stretched on for much too long, and the gloomy cloud it cast over the club was detracting from the season. This severance of ways now is unquestionably for the best.
Reads the statement from Mason Greenwood, released just a couple of hours or so ago: “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 post. I am learning to understand my responsibilities to set a good example as a professional footballer, and I’m focused on the big responsibility of being a father, as well as a good partner.
“Today’s decision has been part of a collaborative process between Manchester United, my family, and me. The best decision for us all is for me to continue my football career away from Old Trafford, where my presence will not be a distraction for the club. I thank the club for their support since I joined aged seven. There will always be a part of me that is United.
“I am enormously grateful to my family and all my loved ones for their support, and it is now for me to repay the trust those around me have shown. I intend to be a better footballer, but most importantly a good father, a better person, and to use my talents in a positive way on and off the pitch.”
Given the audio of Mason Greenwood that we’ve all heard, a lot of those words that he penned ring pretty hollow. It is also worth noting that he wasn’t “cleared,” it’s just that the charges were dropped. A lot of people make this mistake, but these two things are not the same.
When criminal charges are dropped, it simply indicates that the prosecution’s case is insufficient to support a trial and conviction. Being “found innocent” or “exonerated” is totally different from that.