Man Utd release Greenwood statement after striker charged with attempted rape

Manchester United have released a statement after Mason Greenwood was charged with attempted rape, engaging in controlling and coercive behaviour and assault causing actual bodily harm.

Greenwood, 21, was arrested over an alleged incident in January and has not appeared for United since. The England forward spent three nights in custody after police swooped on his home at the beginning of the year.

It was confirmed on Saturday that Greenwood will appear at Greater Manchester Magistrates' Court this Monday (October 17) to face the charges. United released a statement on Saturday evening.

It read: "Manchester United notes that criminal charges have been brought against Mason Greenwood by the Crown Prosecution Service. He remains suspended by the club, pending the outcome of the judicial process."

Greenwood has not featured for United since January after he was bailed following his initial arrest. Also on Saturday, the one-cap England international was arrested on suspicion of breaching his bail conditions.

Janet Potter, the Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS North West, said on Saturday: "The Crown Prosecution Service has today authorised Greater Manchester Police to charge Mason Greenwood, 21, with attempted rape, engaging in controlling and coercive behaviour, and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

"All three counts relate to the same complainant.

"Specialist rape prosecutors from CPS North West’s complex casework unit authorised the charges following a review of a file of evidence received from Greater Manchester Police."

Ms Potter added: "The Crown Prosecution Service reminds all concerned that criminal proceedings against the defendant are active and that he has a right to a fair trial.

"It is extremely important that there should be no reporting, commentary or sharing of information online which could in any way prejudice those proceedings."

A GMP spokesman said earlier today: "Greater Manchester Police are aware of an allegation regarding a 21-year-old man breaching his bail conditions and an arrest has been made on Saturday 15 October 2022. Enquiries are ongoing at this time."

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