Footballer Mason Greenwood to appear in court charged with attempted rape

Footballer Mason Greenwood to appear in court charged with attempted rape

Manchester United footballer Mason Greenwood will face court charged with attempted rape.

The 21-year-old forward is also accused of assault as well as controlling and coercive behaviour.

All three charges relate to the same woman.

Greenwood, who has been capped once for England, will appear at Minshull Street Crown Court in Manchester on Monday for a plea hearing.

He was granted bail at the same court last month, with conditions not to contact witnesses, including the complainant, and to reside at an address in Bow Green Road in Bowdon.

The player was first held in January over allegations relating to a young woman after images and videos were posted online.

He had been on bail since but was arrested in the Trafford area on October 15 for an alleged breach of conditions, then granted bail days later.

Court artist sketch by Elizabeth Cook of footballer Mason Greenwood appearing in the dock
Mason Greenwood was suspended from playing or training with Manchester United within hours of the allegations surfacing online at the beginning of the year (Elizabeth Cook/PA)

The controlling and coercive behaviour charge relates to a period between November 2018 and October this year, where Greenwood is alleged to have made threatening and derogatory comments towards the complainant, as well as accessing and monitoring her social media accounts.

The charge of assault occasioning actual bodily harm is dated December 2021.

Within hours of the allegations surfacing online at the beginning of the year, Greenwood was suspended from playing or training with the Old Trafford club.

Nike suspended and later terminated its sponsorship deal with Greenwood, while Electronic Arts confirmed his removal from active squads on its Fifa 22 game.