Mason Greenwood charged with attempted rape and assault

Mason Greenwood charged with attempted rape and assault

Manchester United footballer Mason Greenwood has been accused, in particular, of
Marc Atkins/Getty Images Manchester United footballer Mason Greenwood has been accused, in particular, of “attempted rape” of his ex-girlfriend (file photo taken in January in Brentford, just before the player’s arrest).

Marc Atkins/Getty Images

Manchester United footballer Mason Greenwood has been accused, in particular, of “attempted rape” of his ex-girlfriend (file photo taken in January in Brentford, just before the player’s arrest).

SEXUAL VIOLENCE – The legal process continues in an emblematic case of the excesses of certain soccer players. Mason Greenwood, the Manchester United player suspended since the end of January by his club, was charged this Saturday, October 15 for “ attempted rape ” Y ” intentional assault and battery “, announced the British prosecution.

Greenwood, 21, will also have to answer for ” controlling and coercive behavior on the same victim and will appear on Monday for the first time before a judge. This is a new important step in the fall of this former great hope of English football, whose arrest, on January 30, shocked public opinion.

Violence, sexual assault, death threats

A few hours earlier, photos and videos showing a young woman with a bloody face and bruises on her body had been posted on social networks with the mention “ to anyone who wants to know what mason greenwood is really doing to me “Manchester United immediately suspended the player who did not play a single minute and has not trained with the Red Devils since then.

His pretrial detention for rape and assault was extended following further charges of sexual assault and death threats, before he was released on February 2 and placed under judicial supervision, which was renewed several times.

As the investigation continued for months, Greater Manchester Police arrested him again on Saturday morning for breaching their judicial review. Shortly after 5:00 p.m., after reviewing in detail the Manchester police investigation file, the British prosecution announced that he would be tried on all three charges.

The context of the trial of Benjamin Mendy

Following his arrest, sponsors also quickly distanced themselves from the player, with Nike terminating his contract on February 7, while video game giant EA Sports pulled him from FIFA 22 in-game teams.

Trained at Manchester United, Greenwood made his professional debut for the Red Devils in 2019. In 129 appearances, he scored 35 goals. He had extended his contract in February 2021 through 2025. Greenwood has sometimes been considered the ” new wayne rooney following the 2019/2020 season in which he later became the third Manchester United player to score 17 or more goals in an under-20 season, after Rooney and George Best.

In September 2020, his qualities – explosiveness, ability to shoot with both feet hard and accurately – convinced manager Gareth Southgate to call him up to the England squad for Nations League matches. Notably, he played the last 12 minutes of a match in Iceland there, before being sent home with Phil Foden for having invited two young women to the team hotel in Reykjavik, in violation of Covid anti-corruption protocol.

His arrest was the second major sex scandal to hit Manchester clubs after the arrest of Benjamin Mendy, City’s French winger, currently on trial for seven rapes, one attempted rape and one sexual assault on seven women.

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