Ten Hag speaks out about Greenwood for first time after star has charges dropped
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Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag refused to be drawn on Mason Greenwood as he faced the press for the first time since the footballer had all charges against him dropped by the Crown Prosecution Service.
Greenwood, 21, had all charges of attempted rape, assault and coercive control against him dropped on Thursday – more than a year on from his arrest in January of 2022.
Ten Hag was asked whether he had any comment to make about the Greenwood situation. He replied: "No. Nothing. I can't add nothing. I refer to the statement of the club.
Asked whether he had spoken to Greenwood at all, he replied: "As I said, I can't give comment about the process. I can't say anything about it, I refer to the statement of the club. At this moment, I can't add anything."
England international Greenwood had been suspended with pay by United since his initial arrest 13 months ago. United will now launch their own internal investigation into the next steps following the police statement.
The Red Devils released a statement in response to the news on Thursday evening. It read: "Manchester United notes the decision of the Crown Prosecution Service that all charges against Mason Greenwood have been dropped.
The club will now conduct its own process before determining next steps. We will not make any further comment until that process is complete."
Greenwood's case had "no realistic prospect of conviction" according to the Crown Prosecution Service, who cited the withdrawal of key witnesses.
A CPS spokesperson said: "We have a duty to keep cases under continuous review. In this case 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.
"In these circumstances, we are under a duty to stop the case. We have explained our decision to all parties.
We would always encourage any potential victims to come forward and report to police and we will prosecute wherever our legal test is met."
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