Criminal proceedings for the alleged rape against Manchester United footballer Mason Greenwood have been dropped by the prosecutors due to the “withdrawal of key witnesses”.
The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) concluded there was no realistic chance of conviction against Greenwood on charges of attempted rape, domestic violence, and coercive behaviour. Greenwood was supposed to undergo trial later this year in November.
“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,” read a statement from a CPS spokesperson.
Greenwood was quickly establishing himself as a future star for the club before the allegations and visual evidence of his violent behaviour came to light, forcing the club to delist him from the squad.
“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,” said the 22-year-old striker in his official statement.
Now that the charges are dropped, the obvious question in everyone’s mind is whether Greenwood is able to play for Manchester United again. In the updated squad lists after the transfer window, available on Manchester United’s website, Greenwood’s name is present, meaning there’s a possibility of his comeback this year. However, this will happen only after the club finishes their own independent investigation.
“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,” read the United’s statement.
Greenwood’s last appearance for the club came last year in January, against West Ham. He was shortly arrested, and was suspended by the club. Since making his debut in 2019, Greenwood has played over 100 matches for Man Utd, and scored 35 goals and 12 assists. He has also played once for England, in 2020.