Manchester United footballer Mason Greenwood has been charged with attempted rape, Greater Manchester Police (GMP) confirmed on Saturday.

“Greater Manchester Police have charged and remanded a 21-year-old man for controlling and coercive behaviour, attempted rape and assault of a woman under Section 47,” GMP told CNN in a statement. .

GMP said Greenwood was arrested earlier on Saturday.

The Deputy Attorney General of the North West Branch of the country’s Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), Janet Potter, said in an earlier statement that the CPS had authorized GMP to charge the striker, adding that the three counts relate to the same complainant.

“Specialized rape prosecutors from CPS North West’s Complex Cases Unit have cleared the charges following a review of a dossier of evidence received from Greater Manchester Police,” Potter added.

Greenwood’s first court appearance will be on October 17 at Greater Manchester Magistrates’ Court.

The club suspended Greenwood earlier this year pending the results of an investigation and said on Saturday the player remains suspended.

“Manchester United note that criminal charges have been brought against Mason Greenwood by the Crown Prosecution Service,” the club said in a statement on Saturday.

“He remains suspended by the club, pending the outcome of the legal proceedings.”

Greenwood has not played for the English Premier League side since being suspended in January after domestic abuse allegations emerged against the 21-year-old England player.

CNN has reached out to representatives for Greenwood for comment.

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