According to reports, Manchester United’s women’s team ‘do not want’ Mason Greenwood to return to the club, while the men’s squad are ‘split’.
It was revealed at the start of this month that all of the charges against Greenwood have been dropped by the Crown Prosecution Service.
The charges against Greenwood included attempted rape and assault but criminal proceedings against the 21-year-old have been discontinued.
A spokesperson for the CPS said: “We have a duty to keep cases under continuous review.
“In this case, 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. In these circumstances, we are under a duty to stop the case.
“We have explained our decision to all parties. We would always encourage any potential victims to come forward and report to police and we will prosecute wherever our legal test is met.”
Man Utd are now going to hold their own internal investigation before deciding whether Greenwood will play for the club again.
A report from The Times has revealed Man Utd’s women’s team ‘do not want him’ back at the club. Some members of their squad are said to have ‘serious concerns’ about him returning.
They would be ‘unhappy’ if he returned to United’s Carrington training base, which they use along with with the men’s team.
As for the men’s side, a few of their stars ‘harbour concerns’ about Greenwood coming back, while others ‘would have no objection to it given that he has not been found guilty of anything’.
Ex-Crystal Palace owner Simon Jordan recently argued that Man Utd could argue that Greenwood is “bringing the club into disrepute”.
“Manchester United, in my view, would be within their gift to be able to consider this as bringing the club into disrepute,” Jordan told talkSPORT.
“From a club point of view I would be looking at, is this behaviour – the nature of an arrest, with the allegations made against him – befitting of a Man United player?
“With that in mind I would have two options: Do I look at it as reputational damage that takes him out of his contract with an immediate dismissal – which opens me up to a situation where people might suggest I’ve wrongfully dismissed somebody?
“Or do I put him in a situation where I pay up his contract and extricate myself from the problem that way?
“It’s an incredibly difficult situation for the club, and I think Manchester United have got to look at the whole scenario because this situation is reputationally toxic for all concerned.
“Manchester United have the opportunity now to speak to this boy at great length and avail themselves of every scintilla of information around this scenario and then take a view.
“I think, without prejudging, they’re into the grounds of bringing the club into disrepute. While he’s a wonderful footballer, there is a line where football clubs are supposed to represent the best values in society.”
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