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Greater Manchester police have released a statement after Manchester United footballer Mason Greenwood was accused of abusing a woman.
The allegations against the 20-year-old came to light this morning, January 30, when video footage, photographs and a voice note alleging to be of a conversation between Greenwood and the woman, Greenwood's girlfriend, were released on Instagram.
Images which included the woman showing bruises on her arm and blood flowing down her chin and neck have since been deleted, however police have assured they are aware of the situation.
In a statement cited by BBC News, Greater Manchester police said: 'Greater Manchester Police is aware of images and videos circulating on social media. Enquiries are ongoing to establish the full circumstances.'
The comment from police comes as Manchester United football club responded to the allegations with a statement which said the team 'does not condone violence of any kind'. It confirmed the club was aware of the 'images and allegations circulating on social media' and said it would 'not make any further comment until the facts have been established.'
The woman reportedly accused Greenwood of a number of assaults, writing alongside the images shared online: 'To everyone who wants to know what Mason Greenwood actually does to me.'
According to The Mirror, two police officers were seen visiting the woman's home to take a statement after the allegations were shared online. Greenwood has not publicly responded to the allegations at the time of writing, January 30.
In response to the claims, the charity Women's Aid issued a statement to acknowledge the 'distressing posts being circulated on social media', adding: 'It is essential that all employers, including those in football, take domestic abuse very seriously and we hope Man Utd do in this case.'
Nike, which has sponsored Greenwood since the footballer made his debut for United, has also assured it is aware of the situation.
The brand released a statement on the matter, saying it is 'deeply concerned by the disturbing allegations' and assuring it will 'continue to closely monitor the situation.'
The footballer, from Bradford, made his debut in 2019 and has since played for Manchester United 129 times, including 24 appearances for the club this season.
If you are experiencing domestic violence, please know that you are not alone. You can talk in confidence 24 hours a day to the national domestic violence helpline Refuge on 0808 2000 247
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