Manchester United announced Monday they’re releasing Mason Greenwood following a months-long internal investigation into criminal charges, including attempted rape, against the 21-year-old forward.
Greenwood had been suspended by the club for a year and a half over allegations of assault and controlling and coercive behavior toward a woman. All charges were dropped in February because of the withdrawal of key witnesses and new material that had come to light.
The Athletic’s Adam Crafton reported last week United CEO Richard Arnold had informed executives that the club had planned to welcome back Greenwood.
He’s now set to the leave the club he joined when he was seven.
“Based on the evidence available to us, we have concluded that the material posted online did not provide a full picture and that Mason did not commit the offences in respect of which he was originally charged,” read a statement on United’s website. “That said, as Mason publicly acknowledges today, he has made mistakes which he is taking responsibility for.
“All those involved, including Mason, recognise the difficulties with him recommencing his career at Manchester United. It has therefore been mutually agreed that it would be most appropriate for him to do so away from Old Trafford, and we will now work with Mason to achieve that outcome.”
More to come.