All Mason Greenwood merchandise has been removed from Manchester United’s official website after the 20-year-old forward was arrested on suspicion of rape and assault on Sunday, following posts shared on social media by his girlfriend Harriet Robson.
Meanwhile, Nike expressed their concern about the abuse allegations and they have officially announced the suspension of Greenwood’s lucrative sponsorship deal.
“We have suspended our relationship with Mason Greenwood,” Nike said in a statement.
“We are deeply concerned by the disturbing allegations and will continue to closely monitor the situation.”
According to the Daily Mail, Manchester United shirt sponsors TeamViewer have indicated that they are “closely monitoring developments”, with another of the club’s partners in Cadbury refusing to have Greenwood’s image on their products.
The player, who remains in police custody pending investigation, has been on the receiving end of criticism from frustrated fans who have asked the club to return the money paid for his shirts.
“We are aware of images and allegations circulating on social media,” read Manchester United’s statement on Monday.
“We will not make any further comment until the facts have been established.
“Manchester United does not condone violence of any kind.
“Mason Greenwood will not return to training or play matches until further notice.”
Unfollowed by United teammates
Meanwhile, several Manchester United teammates including Cristiano Ronaldo, Jesse Lingard, David de Gea, Paul Pogba, Edinson Cavani and Scott McTominay unfollowed Greenwood on Instagram after the incident.
“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,” read a statement from the Greater Manchester Police.
“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.”