A Manchester court has set a 2023 date for the hearing of the case against Manchester United footballer, Mason Greenwood.
The 21-year-old is on trial over allegations of attempted rape, assault and controlling and coercive behaviour. Greenwood who remains suspended by Manchester United was accompanied by his parents and sister in the court on Monday.
The trial date was set by the court for 27 November 2023 by lead prosecutor, Jason Pitter KC, with Judge Maurice Greene and Greenwood’s defence agreeing to that schedule.
He only spoke once while in the court room to confirm his name, address and date of birth. The hearing lasted less than 10 minutes.
He was re-bailed at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court, ahead of a pre-trial hearing on 10 February 2023.
Judge Greene said, “Mr Greenwood, the next hearing that you will need to attend is February 10. You are granted bail as before, you must attend otherwise you will commit a separate offence. The proposed trial date has been set for November 27, which is a long way off, so it’s very important you keep in contact with your solicitors. I’m sure you will. The next date is February 10.”
Mason Greenwood was granted bail at the same court under the conditions not to contact witnesses, including the complainant, and to reside at an address in Bowdon, Greater Manchester.
Within hours of the allegations surfacing online at the beginning of the year, Greenwood was suspended from playing or training with Manchester United. He was also suspended by Nike who eventually terminated its sponsorship deal with the player.