Marseille Mayor Advises Against Signing Man United’s Greenwood

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The mayor of Marseille has told Marseille not to sign Manchester United’s Mason Greenwood, calling the forward’s alleged past behaviour “unspeakable,”.

Greenwood was loaned to Getafe for the previous season. Since his arrest on suspicion of rape and assault in January 2022, he has not appeared on the field for United. Greater Manchester Police said that there were “social media images and videos posted by a woman reporting incidents of physical violence.” Since then, the club has suspended him.

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The one-time England international was subsequently charged with attempted rape, engaging in controlling and coercive behaviour, and assault occasioning actual bodily harm, although the charges were later dropped due to the withdrawal of key witnesses and the announcement that “new material that came to light meant there was no longer a realistic prospect of conviction.”

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“Greenwood’s behaviour is unspeakable, unacceptable,” Marseille Mayor Benoît Payan told French radio station RMC on Tuesday. “Hitting his wife … I saw images that deeply shocked me. Massacring his wife in this way is unbecoming of a man, and he cannot have his place on this team.

“The values ​​of OM and Marseille are anything but that in fact. It’s a shame. I will ask [Marseille president] Pablo Longoria not to recruit Greenwood. I don’t want my club to be covered with the shame of someone who hits his wife.”

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In a news conference on Tuesday, Marseille manager Roberto De Zerbi said he would hold no prejudice against Greenwood because of his past:

“Mason is a world-class player, but we have not recruited him yet. I don’t know what happened, but I am not used to get involved in my players’ private life. But if he comes here, you have to know that I treat all my players like my sons. I can tell them off in private, but I would never attack them in public.”

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Greenwood scored eight goals while on loan at Getafe last season, as well as recording six assists.

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