The charity Women’s Aid in the UK has responded to Manchester United’s decision to part ways with Mason Greenwood after the club investigation.
A number of other groups have also responded to the club’s decision, such as Women’s Equality Party (WEP) and Manchester United Supporters Trust (MUST). This comes after a backlash last week following reports that Greenwood was set for a return to the first team soon.
To summarise, a spokesperson for Women’s Aid had this to say on the matter:
"“We know that today’s news from Manchester United that Greenwood will be moving on from the club will be a relief for many survivors of domestic and sexual abuse. Football is loved by so many people worldwide, and players are often idolised by fans, so the way that alleged domestic abuse cases are treated in clubs has a huge impact on public understanding about what is accepted and tolerated in society.”"
United were keen on discussing the matter with stakeholders as late as last week, before publicising their decision on Greenwood. This was despite reports initially indicating that it was going to be announced in early August. The discussions were confirmed by Women’s Aid:
"“We reached out to Manchester United last week in light of the statement made on Wednesday, and have since had conversations with the club. Our approach at Women’s Aid remains the same – we want to work collaboratively with football clubs and organisations to increase understanding and awareness of domestic abuse, as part of our ongoing football campaign.”"
The Red Devils are now expected to sell or loan out the player, with early reports that Italian side Roma could be interested, according to talkSPORT.