“You have to stop the game”: Mason Greenwood at centre of big controversy in La Liga

José Bordalás, the manager of Getafe, has opened up about Mason Greenwood, a forward for Manchester United, and the reception he has got in Spanish football stadiums this season.

The Englishman has not played for the English club since his suspension in 2022, despite being cleared of accusations of attempted rape and domestic violence in February 2023.

The player appeared to be on the verge of returning to action for the Red Devils in August of last year, but following a furious public uproar, Old Trafford’s decision-makers did a humiliating U-turn and put the issue on hold by sending him out on loan to Getafe in Spain.

With 10 goals and six assists so far this season, the 22-year-old has adapted well to one of the world’s hardest leagues.

Due to his exceptional performance, he has been connected to numerous clubs in Spain, Italy, and even England. Even though it’s likely that United will sell him or give him a loan out the next year, INEOS hasn’t fully ruled out the possibility of the player coming back.

The forward has had more than his share of abuse from Spanish fans and even teammates, even though it hasn’t been as harsh as it would have been in England.

The player was the target of taunts at Osasuna back in January, and Jude Bellingham reportedly called him a “r—-t” when Getafe played Real Madrid.

The England midfielder’s case was eventually abandoned, though. Against Alaves on Saturday, the striker was subjected to derogatory chanting once more.

The Alaves’ stadium announcer begged the supporters to stop after play was delayed in the 18th minute, when referee Jorge Figueroa Vazquez sounded his whistle in the midst of cries of “Greenwood, die,” according to The Mirror. Then, after the warning, the chanting stopped.

“It’s understood that some staff members from Getafe continued to take issue with what was being said towards their 22-year-old loanee throughout the remainder of the game. Club officials are yet to reveal whether or not they plan to lodge a formal complaint to La Liga.”

His coach did however speak out against the officials’ reactions whilst conducting his post-match interview with DAZN.

Bordalás claimed, “an important detail, they’ve [Alaves fans] sung ‘Greenwood die’ and the protocol says that, because I’ve read it obviously, when it happens a second time, you have to stop the game and go to the changing room.”

The Spanish boss then slammed the referee’s lack of consistency and argued things will never change while the current approach is taken.

“They didn’t do it [leave the pitch] and I think the referees should have done it. If they are the first who don’t follow the protocol, we are never going to finish with this. The insults, the racism that angers us all.” [Our own translation.]

This is not the first time that the coach has had to come out and defend his player over the issue of abusive chants.

Last month he claimed, “the boy has had exemplary behaviour. His team-mates help him. I am sure [chanting] affects him.”

Wherever Greenwood plays his football next season, the abuse is showing no signs of ending.

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