21-year-old Manchester United forward Mason Greenwood has had all charges against him dropped by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).
In January 2022, Mason Greenwood was arrested amid allegations emanating from images and videos. Later in the same year, he was charged with attempted rape, controlling and coercive behaviour and assault occasioning bodily harm.
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All charges against the Manchester United’s forward has now been dropped by the CPS, which said that “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.”
Given the circumstances, the CPS said it was under a duty to stop the case, which it has done and has also explained its decision to all parties.
In a short statement released on his behalf, Greenwood said:
“I am relieved that this matter is now over and I would like to thank my family, loved ones and friends for their support.
“There will be no further comment at this time.”
Greater Manchester Police (GMP) said the decision to drop the charges had “not been taken lightly”.
Chief Superintendent Michaela Kerr, GMP’s head of public protection, said it was “only fair” that the force publicized the latest development given the “significant media coverage of this case”.
Manchester United, which had suspended the England international from playing or training with the Old Trafford club in the wake of the allegations in 2022, had stated that it noted “the decision of the Crown Prosecution Service that all charges against Mason Greenwood have been dropped”.
The statement released by the club on its website reads;
Manchester United notes the decision of the Crown Prosecution Service that all charges against Mason Greenwood have been dropped.The club will now conduct its own process before determining next steps. We will not make any further comment until that process is complete.
Nnamdi Maduakor is a Writer, Investor and Entrepreneur
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