Football: All criminal charges against Manchester United forward Mason Greenwood dropped

Mason Greenwood.
Mason Greenwood. Photo credit: Getty Images

Manchester United forward Mason Greenwood has had all criminal charges against him dropped.

Greenwood, 21, was suspended by United in January 2022, when accusations against him surfaced on social media, and was charged with attempted rape, controlling behaviour and assault last October.

"A decision has been made to discontinue prosecution in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors," the Crown Prosecution Service said.

Manchester United has not immediately responded to a request for comment. Neither Greenwood nor his representatives have commented at any stage on the allegations against him.

"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," said a CPS spokesperson. 

The CPS added that it encouraged "any potential victims to come forward and report to police".

"The investigation team has remained in regular contact with the legal team, providing any updates of note, and so understand the rationale for the discontinuation of proceedings at this stage," said Greater Manchester Police's Head of Public Protection Chief Superintendent Michaela Kerr. "This decision has not been taken lightly.

"Despite the media and public's interest in this case, we have decided not to comment on it in any further detail.

"I would, however, like to use this opportunity to reiterate GMP's commitment to investigating allegations of violence against women and girls, and supporting those affected, regardless of their circumstances, throughout what can be a hard and upsetting time for them."

Mason Greenwood arrives for his trial at Manchester's Minshull Street Crown Court
Mason Greenwood arrives for his trial at Manchester's Minshull Street Crown Court. Photo credit: Getty Images

Greenwood came through United's youth academy and made his full debut in 2019, aged 17. He was a key member of the first team last season, making 18 Premier League appearances, the last of which was on January 22 against West Ham United, before being suspended.

He made one appearance for England in September 2020.

In February 2022, Nike ended its sponsorship with Greenwood after the accusations, while he was also removed from some versions of the FIFA 22 video game.