All charges against Manchester United striker Mason Greenwood have been dropped.
In a statement this afternoon, Greater Manchester Police (GMP) said decision “has not been taken lightly”.
The 21-year-old had faced allegations of attempted rape, controlling and coercive behaviour, and assault.
All three charges related to the same woman.
In a statement, GMP chief Superintendent Michaela Kerr said: “Given the significant media coverage of this case, it is only fair that we share the news that the 21-year-old man, who had been arrested and charged in connection with an investigation opened in January 2022, no longer faces criminal proceedings in relation to this.”
“The investigation team has remained in regular contact with the legal team, providing any updates of note, and so understand the rationale for the discontinuation of proceedings at this stage, and that this decision has not been taken lightly,” she said.
“Despite the media and public’s interest in this case, we have decided not to comment on it in any further detail.”
She said Manchester police remains “committed to investigating allegations of violence against women and girls and supporting those affected, regardless of their circumstances, throughout what can be a hard and upsetting time for them”.
“If you feel you are or might be a victim, please don’t let this case put you off asking for help,” she said.
If you have been impacted by any of the issues discussed in this article you can call the National 24-hour Rape Crisis Helpline on 1800 77 8888.