(Reuters) – Manchester United ahead Mason Greenwood has been arrested on suspicion of sexual assault and threats to kill, the Greater Manchester Police mentioned on Tuesday after accusations surfaced on-line that the 20-year-old ahead had assaulted a lady.
Police mentioned they’d detained a suspect on Sunday after they had been made conscious of on-line social media posts by a lady reporting incidents of bodily violence.
The allegations in opposition to Greenwood — together with video, images and a voice be aware — had been posted on Instagram on Sunday and later deleted.
“Detectives have been granted additional further time to converse to a person in his 20s who was arrested on suspicion of rape and assault of a lady,” Greater Manchester Police mentioned in an announcement.
“He continues to be questioned after magistrates authorised an extension till tomorrow (Wednesday 2 February).
“Following enquiries to this point, he has since been additional arrested on suspicion of sexual assault and threats to kill.”
Sportswear large Nike mentioned they’d suspended their relationship with Greenwood as they had been “deeply involved by the disturbing allegations”.
United had suspended Greenwood, saying he wouldn’t return to coaching or play for the Old Trafford membership till additional discover. The membership reiterated its “robust condemnation of violence of any type” on Tuesday.
Greenwood was additionally faraway from the extremely well-liked online game FIFA 22’s offline modes, with the ahead not obtainable within the United squad.
Reuters has contacted the sport’s writer EA Sports for remark.
(Reporting by Rohith Nair in Bengaluru, Additional reporting by Manasi Pathak and Aadi Nair; edtiting by Pritha Sarkar)