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Mason Greenwood MIA

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A picture is worth a thousand words. But, for Mason Greenwood, it was a fate far worse than just a thousand words. The Manchester United youngster was embroiled in controversy when Harriet Robson, his girlfriend, uploaded pictures, videos and audio clips on her account that suggested she was a victim of physical abuse. “To everyone who wants to know what Mason Greenwood actually does to me,” the caption said.

This issue immediately erupted with Manchester United suspending the player. He was later arrested. He came out on bail but has been away from all the limelight. And with him gone, and Ronaldo wanting a transfer, Manchester United are looking for potential striker options

However, there is one question on the fans’ minds- What happened to Mason Greenwood?

 

Where is Mason Greenwood? 

Despite keeping a low profile since his arrest, Mason Greenwood was spotted for the first time on April 1, driving a car around Cheshire while being clad in a Cartier balaclava. 

Fans on social media suddenly started asking about his whereabouts after discovering that Greenwood’s profile was still present on Manchester United’s website. It is to be noted that United had barred him from the club and its premises. In addition, his profile was also removed, which was the reason for fans wondering whether he may be reinstated into the team.

However, Manchester Evening News journalist Samuel Luckhurst reported that his profile was only removed from the club’s app and not the website. This means that the club’s stance on the issue has remained the same.

This prompted replies from several fans who wanted Greenwood back on the team. Some fans even went as far as proclaiming that he is innocent and raised suspicions about Harriet Robson’s claim.

Several fans also said that Greenwood was one of the few positives in a season where they suffered humiliating defeats.

And with cases such as these taking months or even years to conclude, it could be a long time before Greenwood (if he is acquitted on all the charges) takes the field.

There has also been no significant reporting on him in the media.

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Is Mason Greenwood still a Manchester United player?

Yes, he still is. Despite being suspended by the club, he remains a player. And the club have not taken the step to terminate his contract. The reason may be simple. If Greenwood in the future is declared free of all charges, the act of terminating his contract will be deemed unlawful. Under these circumstances, Greenwood could sue the club, which could be more than what his contract is worth.

Meanwhile, Greenwood’s sponsor, Nike, had no such difficulty as they ended their contract with the player without any payment. However, the American multinational corporation had a clause in the contract which helped them. Under the clause, if Greenwood’s actions caused damage to Nike’s reputation and a loss of commercial value, the agreement could be immediately terminated.

United are obliged to pay the player 75,000 pounds per week through 2025, the terms of the last contract he signed.

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Is Mason Greenwood’s career over?

Greenwood has had his bail extended twice. So, until he is denied bail, or conclusive charges are brought against him, he is free to move, considering he follows all the bail rules. It remains to be seen whether his bail will be extended or he will go back to jail. Manchester United have made it clear until the legal proceedings come to an end, Greenwood will not be back. 

Even if he is acquitted (which would take a long time), United could settle with the player for premature termination. It is highly likely that Greenwood never plays again for Man Utd, and probably never plays professional football again. 

Timeline

  • January 30, 2022: Pictures of a bloodied, bruised Harriet Robson appear on her Instagram account. Though later deleted, the images went viral on various social media platforms.
  • January 30, 2022: Greater Manchester Police released a statement. “Greater Manchester Police were made aware earlier today (Sunday, January 30) of online social media images and videos posted by a woman reporting incidents of physical violence. An investigation was launched, and following enquiries, we can confirm a man in his 20s has since been arrested on suspicion of rape and assault. He remains in custody for questioning. Enquiries are ongoing,” the statement said
  • January 30, 2022: Manchester United released a statement on the same day suspending Greenwood. “Mason Greenwood will not return to training or play matches until further notice,” the statement read.
  • January 30, 2022: Reports emerge that Mason Greenwood will be arrested on suspicion of sexual assault and threat to kill.
  • January 31, 2022: Greenwood is arrested on suspicion of sexual assault.
  • February 1, 2022: Manchester United issues a new statement on the issue. “Manchester United reiterates its strong condemnation of violence of any kind. As previously communicated, Mason Greenwood will not train with, or play for, the club until further notice,” the statement read.
  • February 1, 2022: Mason Greenwood is removed from FIFA 22 offline modes.
  • February 2, 2022: Greenwood is released on bail. The bail expiry date is set for April 30.
  • February 4, 2022: Harriet Robson issues a statement for the first time since her photos went viral. “I’m grateful to everyone that has sent messages of support and encouragement – thank you. “The last few days have been very difficult, and I’m taking a break from social media while the police make their investigations,” she wrote on Instagram.
  • February 7, 2022: Nike terminates their contract with Greenwood. 
  • February 7, 2022: PES and FIFA removed Greenwood from their games.
  • February 25, 2022: Greenwood is removed from Football Manager 22 
  • April 1, 2022: Mason Greenwood is spotted for the first time since the allegations.
  • April 30, 2022: The expiry date of Greenwood’s bail.
  • May 1, 2022: The bail is extended after Greater Manchester Police applied to the court
  • June 23, 2022: Another hearing where his bail is further extended.
  • August 6, 2022: Mason Greenwood is spotted for a rare appearance after catching his parents’ runaway dog.

Saumy Deepak Tripathi
A Bayern Munich fan who is deeply in love with football statistics. Has a soft spot for goalkeepers! (well only he knows why). You’ll find him vibing on 70’s classic songs and spends an abnormal amount of time cooking.

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