Police get more time to question Mason Greenwood over alleged rape | UK news

Police have been given extra time to question the Manchester United footballer Mason Greenwood on suspicion of rape and sexual assault.

The 20-year-old was arrested on Sunday afternoon after a woman posted images, a video and audio online alleging he had assaulted her.

Greenwood has been held in custody since then and Greater Manchester police (GMP), who have not named the player, said detectives had now been given more time to question the suspect.

The footballer, regarded as one of United’s rising young stars, was suspended from playing for or training with the club until further notice after the allegations. He remains on full pay, the Guardian understands.

Nike have also moved to distance themselves from Greenwood. A statement on Monday read: “We have suspended our relationship with Mason Greenwood. We are deeply concerned by the disturbing allegations and will continue to closely monitor the situation.”

The images and allegations were visible on the woman’s Instagram on Sunday morning but have since been deleted.

GMP said in a statement on Monday afternoon: “Detectives have been granted additional time to speak to a man in his 20s who is being held on suspicion of rape and assault of a woman.

“Inquiries are ongoing and the victim is being 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.”

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