Mason Greenwood: Countdown’s Rachel Riley says she’ll stop supporting Manchester United if striker stays | UK News


TV presenter Rachel Riley has said she will stop supporting Manchester United if footballer Mason Greenwood stays at the club.

The 21-year-old striker has been suspended from the club since January last year following allegations relating to a woman after images and videos were posted online.

Greenwood was charged with attempted rape, assault, and controlling and coercive behaviour, after the claims emerged.

The charges were discontinued by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) in February this year, while the club launched their own internal investigation.

On Wednesday, Manchester United said they were working “through the final stages” of their internal investigation into Greenwood, having completed the “fact-finding phase”.

Manchester United's Mason Greenwood
Mason Greenwood has been suspended from the club since January last year

Riley, 37, who is a co-presenter on Countdown, wrote on X (formerly Twitter) she “won’t be able to support” United if the forward remains at the club.

“As an example, when it comes to VAWG (Violence Against Women And Girls), less than 1% of rapes reported to police lead to conviction,” she said.

“We’ve all seen and heard enough. Pretending this is ok would be a huge part of the problem.”

She added: “It would be devastating for my club to contribute to a culture that brushes this under the carpet and send a message to perpetrators everywhere that you can continue to act as you wish with no consequences.

“I really hope they do the right thing.”

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In their statement this week, United said “a thorough investigation” into the allegations made against Greenwood had been conducted by the club.

“This has drawn on extensive evidence and context not in the public domain, and we have heard from numerous people with direct involvement or knowledge of the case,” the club said.

“Throughout this process, the welfare and perspective of the alleged victim has been central to the club’s inquiries, and we respect her right to lifelong anonymity.

“We also have responsibilities to Mason as an employee, as a young person who has been with the club since the age of seven, and as a new father with a partner.

“The fact-finding phase of our investigation is now complete, and we are in the final stages of making a decision on Mason’s future.”


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