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Nike suspend deal with Mason Greenwood after arrest on suspicion of rape and assault

Police given additional time to question Manchester United striker

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Manchester United striker Mason Greenwood (Martin Rickett/PA)

Manchester United striker Mason Greenwood (Martin Rickett/PA)

Manchester United striker Mason Greenwood (Martin Rickett/PA)

Nike have suspended their deal with Manchester United forward Mason Greenwood following his arrest on suspicion of rape and assault.

The 20-year-old remains in police custody after detectives were granted additional time to question the forward, who has been suspended from playing or training with the club.

A statement from Nike read: "We have suspended our relationship with Mason Greenwood. We are deeply concerned by the disturbing allegations and will continue to closely monitor the situation."

Greater Manchester Police said that day it had been made aware of "online social media images and videos posted by a woman reporting incidents of physical violence".

The force confirmed that "a man in his 20s has since been arrested on suspicion of rape and assault" and said on Monday afternoon that the suspect remains in custody for questioning.

Greater Manchester Police added: "Detectives have been granted additional time to speak to a man in his 20s who is being held on suspicion of rape and assault of a woman.

"The suspect was arrested yesterday (Sunday, January 30) afternoon and remains in custody.

"Enquiries are ongoing and the victim is being offered specialist support.

"We remind people to avoid any commentary or sharing of images that could compromise the victim's right to lifelong anonymity, or risk prejudicing a live investigation with active proceedings."

The images and allegations were reportedly visible on the woman's Instagram on Sunday morning.

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The posts have since been deleted from the social media page.

In an earlier statement, Manchester United had said the club was aware of images and allegations circulating on social media, adding: "Manchester United does not condone violence of any kind."

Attempts have been made to contact Greenwood for comment.

The Manchester United Supporters Trust posted on Twitter: "The club has now confirmed that Mason Greenwood will not return to training or play matches until further notice. MUST fully support the decision of the club in this regard."

A spokesperson for sportswear giant Nike, which sponsors Greenwood, said in a statement: "We are deeply concerned by the disturbing allegations and will continue to closely monitor the situation."

Manchester United player Mason Greenwood remains in custody following reports of his arrest on suspicion of rape and assault on Sunday after a woman posted visual and audio allegations on social media of an incident.

United said the 20-year-old forward “will not return to training or play matches until further notice."

The police did not name Greenwood but the statement about the investigation was provided after inquiries about the footballer.

“Greater Manchester Police were made aware earlier today of online social media images and videos posted by a woman reporting incidents of physical violence," the force said in a statement. “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."

Greenwood progressed through the United academy into the first team and he extended his contract last year through 2025.

“Manchester United does not condone violence of any kind,” the club said.

There was no public response from Greenwood several hours after the allegations were first posted.

The Manchester United Supporters Trust posted on Twitter: “The club has now confirmed that Mason Greenwood will not return to training or play matches until further notice. MUST fully support the decision of the club in this regard.”

A spokesperson for sportswear giant Nike, which sponsors Greenwood, said in a statement: “We are deeply concerned by the disturbing allegations and will continue to closely monitor the situation.”


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