Football: Manchester United star Mason Greenwood arrested on suspicion of sexual assault, threats to kill

Mason Greenwood has now been arrested.
Mason Greenwood has now been arrested. Photo credit: Getty

Manchester United forward Mason Greenwood has been arrested on suspicion of sexual assault and threats to kill, the Greater Manchester Police said on Wednesday (NZ time), after accusations surfaced online that the 20-year-old forward had assaulted a woman.

Police said they had detained a suspect on Monday, after they were made aware of online social media posts by a woman reporting incidents of physical violence.

The allegations against Greenwood - including video, photographs and a voice note - were posted on Instagram and later deleted.

"Detectives have been granted further additional time to speak to a man in his 20s who was arrested on suspicion of rape and assault of a woman," Greater Manchester Police said.

"He continues to be questioned after magistrates authorised an extension until tomorrow (Thursday February 3).

"Following enquiries so far, he has since been further arrested on suspicion of sexual assault and threats to kill."

Sportswear giant Nike said they had suspended their relationship with Greenwood, as they were "deeply concerned by the disturbing allegations".

United had suspended Greenwood, saying he would not return to training or play for the Old Trafford club until further notice. The club reiterated its "strong condemnation of violence of any kind" on Tuesday.

Greenwood was also removed from the highly popular video game FIFA 22's offline modes, with the forward no longer available in the United squad.

The game's publisher EA Sports has been approached for comment.