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Greenwood ‘makes thoughts clear’ over Spanish FA’s Bellingham investigation

It’s been reported that Mason Greenwood has openly shared his perspective on the Spanish FA’s probe into comments attributed to Real Madrid’s Jude Bellingham.

These remarks were purportedly directed at Greenwood during Real Madrid’s recent 2-0 victory over Getafe, a match in which both players featured for their teams.

La Liga received a complaint from Getafe, prompting the alleged incident to be forwarded to the Spanish FA (RFEF) for further investigation.

The report read (via ESPN): “After the match, messages were detected through social media regarding a possible incident in which visiting player Jude Bellingham allegedly insulted local player Mason Greenwood in English after a game play.

“Numerous media outlets have reported on this incident, as evidenced in the attached incident report.”

There has been no public comment from either player, Real Madrid, or Getafe regarding the alleged incident.

According to The Sun’s report on February 14, the RFEF had assigned a judge to investigate the complaint, with a verdict expected within two weeks. However, as of now, no decision has been announced.

The latest report from The Sun suggests that Greenwood has requested for the case to be dropped, expressing his desire not to see Bellingham face any repercussions for the alleged comment.

Greenwood, currently on loan at Getafe from Manchester United, is 22 years old. His departure from Old Trafford was decided following an internal investigation into his conduct.

He hasn’t featured in any matches for United since January 2022, preceding his arrest on suspicion of rape and assault. Subsequently, in October, he faced charges of attempted rape, engaging in controlling and coercive behavior, and assault causing actual bodily harm.

Those charges were discontinued last February, with the CPS claiming ‘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’.

Sir Jim Ratcliffe, the new minority owner of United, whose INEOS company is set to assume control of footballing operations at Old Trafford, stated to The Athletic that the club would reevaluate Greenwood’s future, indicating a ‘fresh decision’ in the offing.

He explained: “The process will be – understand the facts, not the hype, and then try and come to a fair decision on the basis of values, which is basically: Is he a good guy or not, and answer, could he play sincerely for Manchester United well, and would we be comfortable with it and would the fans be comfortable with it?”

Ratcliffe also said: “What we need to do when having issues like that is understand the real effects – not the hype. Then we need to make a fair decision in light of the club’s values. That is what we need to do and that is how we will deal with it.”

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