Football

Mason Greenwood faces attempted rape trial next year

Manchester United footballer Mason Greenwood arrives at Minshull Street Crown Court on Monday

Mason Greenwood, a football player for Manchester United, is scheduled to stand trial on charges of attempted rape, controlling and coercive behaviour, and assault.

The 21-year-old athlete had a Monday hearing in Manchester’s Minshull Street Crown Court.

The football player only said his name and birth date while dressed in a black suit, white shirt, and black tie.

The prosecutor, Jason Pitter KC, has that a case management hearing take place on February 10, 2023.

The trial is scheduled to begin on November 27, 2023, and is anticipated to run for ten days.

Mason Greenwood made no pleas in connection with the allegations.

Both of Greenwood’s parents attended the brief court session.

Greenwood was released on bail by Judge Maurice Greene, who reaffirmed his previous terms.

First detained in January on sexual assault claims stemming from online photos and videos, the player has since been released on bail.

After being released on bail, he was apprehended in October for violating his terms.

After Greenwood’s October 17 appearance before the Manchester Magistrates’ Court, he was remanded to police prison.

Two days later, he was granted bail in a closed hearing and was free to leave HMP Berwyn near Wrexham.

He was released on bail with the terms that he stay at an address on Bow Green Road in Bowdon and refrain from contacting any witnesses.

The alleged rape attempt occurred in October 2021.

Between November 2018 and October of this year, he allegedly engaged in controlling and coercive behaviour toward the complainant by making threats, insulting comments, and accessing and monitoring her social media accounts.

The date of the assault charge, which is December 2021, indicates that it was filed after the victim suffered physical harm.

After the online claims surfaced at the start of the year, the forward, who has made one appearance for England, was immediately suspended from playing and training with the Old Trafford club.

Electronic Arts announced Greenwood’s inactive status from FIFA 22 active squads, and Nike suspended and ultimately terminated its sponsorship contract with Greenwood.