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Bradford-born footballer arrested on further charges of sexual assault and threat to kill

The Bradford-born footballer is facing more allegations.

A Bradford-born Manchester United footballer has been arrested on further charges of sexual assault and threat to kill.

Mason Greenwood, 20, who was born and lived in Wibsey, Bradford before moving to Manchester was arrested on Sunday, 30 January, on suspicion of rape and sexual assault.

Mason Greenwood is facing charges and will be held at GMP until Wednesday. Image: Kane Brooker.

Greater Manchester Police (GMP) were spotted outside the footballer’s home in Bowden, Greater Manchester and quickly confirmed his arrest over the weekend.

Manchester United has suspended Mr Greenwood indefinitely without his £75,000 a week pay.

Police were made aware of social media images and videos posted by a woman reporting incidences of physical violence on Sunday morning.

Mr Greenwood joined Manchester United at the age of six and progressed through the academy ranks. He played several times as an under-17 and under-21 before he started playing for the first team in 2019, aged 17, and has made 129 appearances.

GMP said it had been granted more time to question him having previously been given an extension on Monday.

The footballer has been removed from all FIFA products by EA Sports and Nike has also suspended its relationship with the footballer.

In an official statement, GMP said: “The suspect was detained in custody on Sunday afternoon after we became aware of online social media images and videos posted by a woman reporting incidents of physical violence.

“He continues to be questioned after magistrates authorised an extension until tomorrow, Wednesday 2 February. Following enquiries so far, he has since been further arrested on suspicion of sexual assault and threats to kill.

“Enquiries are ongoing, and the victim continues to be 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.”

Nazir Afzal, former Chief Crown Prosecutor, tweeted on Sunday: “These allegations need to be investigated quickly.”

Councillor Ralph Berry for Wibsey (Labour) said he could not comment on the issue as it is an ongoing police investigation.

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