Mason Greenwood says he is ‘relieved’ aft charges of attempted rape and battle against nan Manchester United guardant were dropped.
Greenwood was arrested successful January 2022 amid allegations surrounding images and videos that surfaced connected societal media.
The England footballer was later charged pinch attempted rape, controlling and coercive behaviour and battle occasioning existent bodily harm.
On Thursday, nan Crown Prosecution Service said the charges were discontinued aft cardinal witnesses withdrew their involvement.
In a short connection pursuing nan announcement, Greenwood said: ‘I americium relieved that this matter is now complete and I would for illustration to convey my family, loved ones and friends for their support.
‘There will beryllium nary further remark astatine this time.’
Greenwood has scored 35 goals successful 129 appearances for Manchester United since making his first-team debut successful 2019.
He made his England debut a twelvemonth later and was named successful Gareth Southgate’s squad for Euro 2020 but pulled retired owed to an ‘underlying injury’.
Premier League nine Manchester United say they will now transportation retired an ‘internal investigation’, pinch Greenwood still presently suspended and not capable to return to training until nan process is complete.
‘The nine will now behaviour its ain process earlier determining adjacent steps,’ they said successful a statement. ‘We will not make immoderate further remark until that process is complete.’
Explaining why nan charges against Greenwood were dropped, a Crown Prosecution Service spokesperson said: ‘We person a work to support cases nether continuous review.
‘In this lawsuit a operation of nan withdrawal of cardinal witnesses and caller worldly that came to ray meant location was nary longer a realistic imaginable of conviction. In these circumstances, we are nether a work to extremity nan case.
‘We person explained our determination to each parties. We would ever promote immoderate imaginable victims to travel guardant and study to constabulary and we will prosecute wherever our ineligible trial is met.’
Ch Supt Michaela Kerr from Greater Manchester Police, meanwhile, added: ‘This determination has not been taken lightly.
‘I would, however, for illustration to usage this opportunity to reiterate nan force’s committedness to investigating allegations of unit against women and girls and supporting those affected, sloppy of their circumstances, passim what tin beryllium a difficult and upsetting clip for them.’
Greenwood joined Manchester United astatine nan property of six and spent much than a decade successful nan club’s academy earlier breaking into nan first-team.
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