- By Shamoon Hafez
- BBC Sport
Mason Greenwood doubtlessly moving to a membership in Saudi Arabia would be “very surprising”, a senior league supply has informed BBC Sport.
Saudi groups have spent lavishly on big-name signings this summer time and Greenwood has been mentioned internally.
However, the league feels it would not be the correct transfer at the moment.
The acquisition of gamers in Saudi Arabia works in another way to elsewhere, with the league doing the bidding or offers for gamers earlier than assigning which membership they may play for.
Last yr additionally noticed the inaugural season of the Saudi Women’s Premier League.
Women’s soccer in Saudi is “breaking records,” the primary feminine vice-president of the Saudi Arabian Football Federation (Saff) Lamia Bahaian said on Friday.
The Saff recorded an 86% rise in registered feminine gamers final yr, whereas the variety of ladies’s golf equipment nationally additionally rose by 56%.
The supply added: “The authorities have created a ladies’s league, which is about to begin its second season on 11 October. That can be an necessary distinction as a result of it’s being seen as for the entire group.
“That is an unbelievable change, ladies’s soccer was completely frowned upon; now there’s a nationwide workforce with a Fifa rating.
“Women are playing without head coverings and there are male fans in the stands, that is a big cultural shift.”
Meanwhile, Al-Ettifaq supervisor Steven Gerrard has mentioned on Instagram experiences his aspect are trying to signal Greenwood as “fake news”.
What occurred with Greenwood?
Greenwood was arrested in January 2022 following allegations surrounding materials which was revealed on-line.
United mentioned in a press release on Monday: “All these concerned, together with Mason, recognise the difficulties with him recommencing his profession at Manchester United.
“It has subsequently been mutually agreed that it would be most acceptable for him to achieve this away from Old Trafford, and we are going to now work with Mason to obtain that end result.”
Last week, a gaggle of feminine United supporters protested outdoors Old Trafford earlier than the Wolves recreation about his potential return, and mentioned they needed the membership to “display a zero-tolerance strategy” in direction of violence towards ladies.
Female Fans Against Greenwood’s Return put out a prolonged assertion to say Greenwood’s reintegration would inform them “as ladies, that we do not matter”.
Greenwood mentioned on Monday he had “made errors”, but he added: “I didn’t do the issues I used to be accused of.”