Manchester United fans will be able to exchange their Mason Greenwood replica shirts for free after his arrest over rape and assault allegations, with forward released on bail after spending three nights in a cell
- Manchester United supporters can exchange their Mason Greenwood jerseys
- Greenwood, 20, was arrested on Sunday after claims he attacked 18-year-old student emerged on social media and he has spent three nights in custody
- The club removed all merchandise related to the forward from their website
- The striker was released from custody after spending three nights in a cell
The club removed all merchandise related to the forward from their website on Monday, with members of their furious fanbase returning their replica shirts to the megastore at their Old Trafford stadium.
Nike have suspended their sponsorship deal with Greenwood, while United’s shirt sponsors TeamViewer said they are ‘closely monitoring developments’. Official partner Cadbury, meanwhile, will not feature him on their marketing products.
And now, a spokesperson for United has said that fans can exchange their current shirts with a new one with a different player’s name on.
Greenwood’s name has been entirely removed from the list of players on the club’s online store, with searches for his name drawing a blank.
Today, he turned his Cheshire mansion into a fortress, having been bailed by police ‘pending further investigation’ after being arrested on suspicion of rape, sexual assault and threats to kill.
Manchester United fans will be able to exchange their Mason Greenwood replica shirts for free
Furious supporters have returned their Greenwood emblazoned kits to the club’s megastore
The 20-year-old spent three nights in a cell after first being detained on Sunday, but was released from custody this morning after hours of interviews at a police station.
Two private security guards are now protecting his house, which is understood to be owned by an unnamed former Premier League player. An expert also arrived to install a £350 home security system, which can record up to eight CCTV cameras.
Greenwood was arrested after distressing pictures and audio circulated on social media, alleging that he attacked a woman. He was later re-arrested while in custody on suspicion of sexual assault and threats to kill his alleged victim.
A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police said: ‘A 20-year-old man arrested on suspicion of the rape and assault of a woman has been released on bail pending further investigation’.
Security guards stand outside Greenwood’s mansion with the star toughening his protection
United have removed all traces of Greenwood from their list of players on their online store
A search for the star’s name comes up blank, and Greenwood has been removed from FIFA 22
United have already insisted that he will not play or train with the club while the police carry out their investigation. He has also disappeared from version of the popular football video game, FIFA 22, in recent days.
Players and staff are thought to be ‘shocked and appalled’ by the images and audio clip that were posted on social media over the weekend.
United’s most high-profile players, including Cristiano Ronaldo, Paul Pogba and David de Gea, appear to have unfollowed Greenwood on Instagram, despite them following other members of the senior squad.
Marcus Rashford, Edinson Cavani, Fred and Jesse Lingard were also among those not following the striker, although Rashford, Lingard and Fred have re-followed him.
Greenwood, 20, spent three nights in a cell in Manchester after first being detained on Sunday
Cristiano Ronaldo does not follow Greenwood on social media, despite following team-mates
Victor Lindelof was another to have stopped following Greenwood’s profile, although the defender appears to have now re-followed, too.
Club captain Harry Maguire and Bruno Fernandes are in a group of players who, so far, are also continuing to follow their team-mate.
With the club plunged into crisis, one source said: ‘Everyone is very shaken up. This is very different to the normal things they have to deal with.’
Meanwhile, manager Ralf Rangnick and the rest of his first-team have returned to training, and will attempt to focus on an FA Cup clash against Middlesbrough.