While everyone was discussing the sex scandal and subsequent arrest of Dani Alves, last year's case against Manchester United player Mason Greenwood was resolved. He was also accused of rape and assault. However, on February 2, 2023, Mason was acquitted and the case was dismissed.
Telecom Asia Sport will tell you the details of the scandal involving Mason Greenwood and find out why he was acquitted a year later.
Before the sex scandal, the career of young Manchester United striker Mason Greenwood was going like clockwork: six goals in the 2020/2021 season and a place in the starting line-up at the age of 20. But everything changed in January 2022.
That's when the player was arrested in his own home. It happened after a series of shocking photos and videos of Greenwood's ex-girlfriend Harriet Robson showing signs of being beaten. She posted them to her social media accounts with the caption: "For anyone who wants to know what Mason Greenwood actually does to me."
Robeson accused her former lover of sexual assault and death threats.
Consequences of the sex scandal
The photo and video shocked everyone. Immediately following the uproar caused by Robson's confession, Manchester United suspended Greenwood from training and matches indefinitely. This was followed by the termination of his contract with the Nike brand and the removal of the player from FIFA 22. Greenwood also faced a wave of hate from his followers.
The police immediately opened a case on suspicion of rape, assault and death threats. Greenwood was arrested. He was released on bail several times, and in October 2022 he was arrested again. The reason was that he communicated with Harriet Robson, which was forbidden. The media wrote about Greenwood's attempts to make amends to his ex by buying expensive jewelry and gifts.
How did the victim's father react?
There has been no public statement from Mason Greenwood or his girlfriend. Only Harriet Robson's father has spoken out. Immediately after the arrest, he said his daughter did not post the photos.
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She said her phone had been hacked. We asked her to delete everything and she did, but it was too late. She was upset because she didn't want it all over the Internet. Greenwood was part of our family for two or three years, but lately their relationship hasn't been going well.
Harriet Robson's father
The investigation into Mason Greenwood lasted a year. MU continued to pay the player a salary of £75,000 a week.
Why were all charges dropped?
On February 2, 2023, all charges against the Manchester striker were dropped. Greater Manchester Police issued an official statement:
The case against the 21-year-old man has been dropped and he will not be prosecuted. The refusal of key witnesses to testify and the release of new material meant that there was no longer a realistic prospect of a conviction. In these circumstances we are obliged to close the case.
Manchester Police Statement
After the case was closed and all charges dropped, Mason Greenwood shared his emotions: "I am glad that this matter is now resolved. I would like to thank my family, loved ones and friends for their support."
And what was MU's reaction? Despite Greenwood's acquittal, the club decided not to reinstate him to practice for the time being and to conduct its own investigation.
Remember that the player's contract runs until 2025. Perhaps Manchester United is worried about its reputation and doesn't want to be involved in such scandals. The upswing in Greenwood's career and prospects has been replaced by lawsuits, arrests and a wave of negativity.Bet on football with Bet365
Let's see how the young football player's career develops. The circumstances of the case make it impossible to say 100% that Mason did nothing wrong, as key witnesses have recanted their testimony. Will one of the world's most popular clubs give Greenwood a second chance, and will the player take advantage of it after a year off?