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La Liga to investigate Bellingham-Greenwood incident

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La Liga is investigating whether Real Madrid star Jude Bellingham made an offensive remark towards Getafe forward Mason Greenwood during Los Blancos’ 2-0 win over their neighbours on Thursday.

Madrid returned to the top of La Liga with a 2-0 victory at the Estadio Coliseum on Thursday, with Joselu netting either side of half-time for Carlo Ancelotti’s men.

Videos of an incident from the second half of the game, when Bellingham allegedly used an offensive remark towards Greenwood after tackling the Manchester United loanee, were circulated on social media.

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La Liga has now confirmed Getafe have filed a complaint over the alleged incident, with a lip reader being brought in in order to ascertain what was said.

In a widely reported statement, the league said: “Getafe yesterday transferred the complaint to the La Liga match director.

“La Liga, as it always does on these occasions, has requested an expert report on lip reading to investigate the matter and act on the basis of what can be proven beyond doubt (by the lip reader).”

Greenwood joined Getafe on loan in September and has provided 10 goal involvements (six goals, four assists) in 21 appearances for the club across all competitions.

United decided to move Greenwood on after fierce opposition from supporters and the media led the club to conduct a U-turn on a plan to reintegrate him into their first-team squad.

The Red Devils carried out an internal investigation after Greenwood was charged with attempted rape, assault and controlling and coercive behaviour in 2022.

He denied those charges and the Crown Prosecution Service discontinued the case against him in February 2023, saying the withdrawal of witnesses meant there was “no longer a realistic prospect of conviction”.

Jon Fisher
Jon Fisher
Jon has over 20 years' experience in sports journalism having worked at the Press Association, Goal and Stats Perform, covering three World Cups, an Olympics and numerous other major sporting events.

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