Manchester United have confirmed that fans will be able to exchange their shirts with Mason Greenwood’s name emblazoned on the back for free.
The club removed all merchandise related to the forward from their website on Monday, with members of their furious fanbase returning their replica shirts to the megastore at their Old Trafford stadium.
Nike has suspended their sponsorship deal with Greenwood, while United’s shirt sponsors TeamViewer said they are ‘closely monitoring developments’. Official partner Cadbury, meanwhile, will not feature him on their marketing products.
A spokesperson for United has said that fans can exchange their current shirts with a new one with a different player’s name on.
Greenwood’s name has been entirely removed from the list of players on the club’s online store, with searches for his name drawing a blank.
The footballer has returned to his Cheshire mansion after being bailed by police ‘pending further investigation’ after being arrested on suspicion of rape, sexual assault, and threats to kill.
The 20-year-old spent three nights in a cell after first being detained on Sunday, but was released from custody this morning after hours of interviews at a police station.
Two private security guards are now protecting his house, which is understood to be owned by an unnamed former Premier League player. An expert also arrived to install a £350 home security system, which can record up to eight CCTV cameras.
Greenwood was arrested after distressing pictures and audio circulated on social media, alleging that he attacked a woman. He was later re-arrested while in custody on suspicion of sexual assault and threats to kill his alleged victim.
A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police said: ‘A 20-year-old man arrested on suspicion of the rape and assault of a woman has been released on bail pending further investigation’.