Digimagaz.com – Manchester United has announced the departure of forward Mason Greenwood after concluding their internal investigation into the player. The decision was revealed in a joint statement issued by the club and the player, describing it as a mutual agreement reached after careful consideration.
Greenwood, 21, last took the field for Manchester United on January 22, 2022. His career was subsequently overshadowed by a series of serious allegations that emerged in the same month. These allegations, including attempted rape, engaging in controlling and coercive behavior, and assault occasioning actual bodily harm, led to his arrest. However, the charges were dropped on February 2, 2023.
In response to the dropped charges, Manchester United initiated an independent internal investigation into the allegations against Greenwood. The investigation aimed to gather a comprehensive understanding of the situation by considering both the rights of the alleged victim and the club’s standards and values.
The club’s official statement, released on August 22, 2023, read: “Manchester United has concluded its internal investigation into the allegations made against Mason Greenwood. Our process commenced in February 2023, following all charges against Mason being dropped. 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 offenses in respect of which he was originally charged.”
The statement acknowledged that while Greenwood was not found guilty of the alleged offenses, he has acknowledged his own mistakes and taken responsibility for them. It also highlighted the complexities of his potential return to the field at Old Trafford, considering the media attention and spotlight on him. Both parties agreed that it would be more appropriate for Greenwood to continue his football career away from Manchester United.
Greenwood’s own statement, shared with BBC Sport, expressed gratitude towards Manchester United for their support throughout his journey, starting from when he joined the club at the age of seven. He conveyed his intention to learn from his experiences and to use his talents positively both on and off the field.
United’s CEO, Richard Arnold, penned an open letter to fans, elaborating on the club’s decision-making process. He emphasized that the conclusion of the internal investigation did not mark the end of the matter. The club remains committed to supporting both the alleged victim and Greenwood as they move forward in their respective lives.
While Mason Greenwood’s tenure at Manchester United has come to an end, the echoes of this chapter will likely continue to resonate as he seeks a fresh start in his football career, away from the club that has been a significant part of his journey.