Reports suggest that during Real Madrid’s clash with Getafe, Jude Bellingham allegedly directed a derogatory term towards Manchester United loanee Mason Greenwood.
Despite the reported incident, Greenwood is said to be reluctant to make a big issue out of it, preferring to focus on his game. Real Madrid secured a 2-0 victory over Getafe, with Joselu scoring both goals, while Bellingham and Greenwood were engaged in on-field action.
According to Spanish outlet Cadena SER, Getafe expressed dissatisfaction with the alleged incident after the match at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez. They reportedly urged the referee to include Bellingham’s alleged remark in the official match report.
The incident purportedly occurred when Bellingham tackled Greenwood forcefully near the touchline, resulting in the ball going out of play. While TV cameras captured Bellingham mouthing a two-syllable word towards Greenwood, the audio did not pick up the exact words, leaving uncertainty about what was said.
La Liga has confirmed that they are investigating the matter and have employed a lip reader to determine if Bellingham indeed used the term “rapist” towards Greenwood.
In a statement, La Liga stated, “Getafe reported the incident to the La Liga match director. La Liga, as customary in such cases, has requested a lip reader’s expert report to ascertain the facts and take appropriate action based on evidence.”
If proven, Bellingham could face disciplinary action from the Spanish football authorities.
However, reports suggest that Greenwood is not inclined to escalate the situation as he focuses on revitalizing his career at Getafe. This stance suggests he may not pursue punishment for Bellingham.
Greenwood’s career faced turmoil when he was arrested in January 2022 on charges of attempted rape, assault, and coercive behavior, which he denied. All charges against him were dropped by the Crown Prosecution Service in February 2023 due to lack of evidence.
Following an internal investigation, Manchester United initially planned to reintegrate Greenwood into the squad under former CEO Richard Arnold’s leadership. However, backlash led to a change in plans, and Greenwood was subsequently loaned out to Getafe.
Currently on loan until the end of the season, Greenwood is expected to depart permanently from Manchester United after his stint at Getafe concludes in the summer of 2025.