David Toal represents footballer Mason Greenwood as all charges are dropped

February 6, 2023

Charges against footballer Mason Greenwood were dropped last week – with the Manchester United player represented by barrister David Toal from Exchange Chambers.

The 21-year-old forward faced one count of attempted rape, one count of controlling and coercive behaviour, and one count of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

All three charges related to the same woman.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said it had a “duty to stop the case” following the “withdrawal of key witnesses and new material that came to light”.

Those developments meant there was “no longer a realistic prospect of conviction” and it has “explained” the decision “to all parties”.

Mr Greenwood was released from custody in October after a bail application by David Toal was granted.

In a statement released on his behalf, Mr Greenwood said: “I am relieved that this matter is now over and I would like to thank my family, loved ones and friends for their support. There will be no further comment at this time.”

Greater Manchester Police said it was “only fair” to announce Mr Greenwood would no longer face criminal proceedings.

David Toal was instructed by Louise Shaw, Managing Partner at Burton Copeland.