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Mason Greenwood and the Premier League’s problem with gender-based violence

London, Jan 31 (EFE).- Mason Greenwood is the latest name to join a growing list of Premier League players facing allegations of violence against women.

The 20-year-old Manchester United forward was arrested on suspicion of rape and assault on Sunday after his girlfriend published a series of Instagram posts with allegations of sexual and physical violence.

The online social media images and videos posted by Harriet Robson showed bruises and cuts on her body, with a caption reading “To everyone who wants to know what Mason Greenwood actually does to me.”

An audio recording of Greenwood allegedly forcing himself on Robson has also been leaked.

Shortly after, Manchester United announced that Greenwood would not train or play for the Premier League club until further notice.

Greenwood’s case was the most recent to emerge in the Premier League: Benjamin Mendy of Manchester City has been accused of a series of serious sexual offenses against women, resulting in his suspension by the English club.

The 27-year-old had been in custody since August but was released earlier this month on bail ahead of his trial on rape charges on June 27.

Ryan Giggs is also due to stand trial on charges of domestic violence. The Manchester United legend was arrested in November 2020 at his home after neighbors reported disturbances.

Giggs is accused of psychological abuse and coercive behavior against his former girlfriend.

The Welshman, who has been on leave from his role as Wales manager, pleaded not guilty and is currently awaiting trial that has been delayed until August.

The issue is not exclusive to professional football: it is a reflection of a wider issue in society that is still on the rise, despite the improvements made since the #MeToo movement in recent years.

The number of people reporting incidents of gender-based violence has increased by 5% since last summer.

A Football Supporters’ Association survey last year found that one in five women experienced unwanted physical attention while watching men’s soccer matches, more than double the rate from eight years earlier. EFE


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