Manchester United have just issued an extensive statement confirming that a decision has been made about the future of alleged rapist Mason Greenwood.
The 21-year-old remains contracted to Manchester United until the middle of 2025 but has not played for the Red Devils since January 22 last year, just before allegations of rape and assault came to light.
The UK’s Crown Prosecution Service ultimately dropped the charges, but Manchester United has yet to reveal an internal investigation’s outcome.
But with rumours swirling around that the club is set and ready to welcome Greenwood back with open arms and to reintegrate him into the first team fold.
United issued a long winded statement, with the gist of it being that its internal investigation is now complete and the biggest finding was that only “partial evidence” is in the public domain.
Several key phrases from the statement as well as the passive and sympathetic tone used through, indicate that Manchester United are on the verge of announcement Greenwood’s return to action.
READ THE MANCHESTER UNITED STATEMENT ON GREENWOOD
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.
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.
FANS AGAINST PLAYER’S MAN UNITED RETURN
A group called ‘Female Fans Against Greenwood’s Return’ has made it clear they would not accept such a decision.
“Today, we female fans of Manchester United are demanding that the club to abide by their duty of care towards their female fans and employees and demonstrate a zero tolerance approach towards acts of violence against women by refusing to bring Mason Greenwood back into the squad,” read their statement.
“The situation is clear – taking Greenwood back legitimises and normalises sexual assault and domestic abuse. It tells other players and the men and boys that look up to them, that abusing women is acceptable, without consequence, and won’t affect you or derail your career.
“It also tells us, as women, that we don’t matter. It tells female MUFC employees that their employer is happy to make them work alongside an abuser and tells hundreds of thousands of female fans that supporting the team we love involves supporting men who abuse women like us.
“It tells us that our safety doesn’t matter, our experiences don’t matter, that the 1 in 4 women who experience domestic abuse and/or sexual assault in the UK don’t matter. It tells us that men who make the club money matter, not us, our fellow fans, mothers, sisters or daughters.”