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The Negative Press on Mason Greenwood Has Got to Stop. What Kind of Journalism is this?

Mason Greenwood

After looking at Mirror’s online headline on Manchester United forward Mason Greenwood, I am so appalled as to how our young footballers are being viewed and treated by the British media.

What the British media are so good at is praising our fresh young talent and placing them in limelight, only just to bring them down again. It is a recurring theme and it’s probably why our British talents over the past decade haven’t reached the heights that their early years have promised.

So many of our stars have experienced it over the years, and it’s something that needs to be looked at, something that needs to be discussed. Why do we see so many other stars across Europe flourish? It’s because those players are supported by everyone across their own countries, as well as the media.

Over here, it isn’t the same narrative, and it’s a shame. It’s probably why England haven’t won a major tournament in so long, because of so much media scrutiny and negative pressure.

Mason Greenwood
(Photo by PAUL ELLIS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Mason Greenwood, over the past few weeks, has been the latest victim of such, and fair enough, he’s had a tough few months, and that can be said for almost every other human being on the planet, and that is not taken into consideration by newspapers such as the Mirror. What they are forgetting is that he is only 19-years-old, barely an adult and yet our newspapers are scrutinizing him like he’s an experienced individual.

After enjoying such a remarkable breakthrough season last year, in which he recorded 17 goals in his first year as a first-team squad player, revealed so much about Greenwood and his incredible talents and that has obviously been highlighted by the media, but then to bring him crashing right back down after a few difficulties isn’t right.

Certainly, the forward made a mistake in September when he was spotted with Phil Foden breaking lockdown rules while on international duty for England, and he’s apologised for it along with the Manchester City midfielder. However, while Foden has been left alone to get on with his career in peace, the scrutiny and negative press surrounding Greenwood have continued.

Here, we have yet another Raheem Sterling incident as we had two years ago when the Manchester City forward was pictured in a negative light because of a “controversial” tattoo on his right leg. Sterling addressed it, stating that the British media have intentionally set out to destroy young footballers by ‘fueling racism and aggressive behaviour’, when comparing Daily Mail reports on Phil Foden and Tosin Adarabioyo, both of whom bought houses for their parents which brought much attention and debate. It is a real shame that it is still the same case today.

Sterling Instagram, Greenwood

Mason Greenwood is only human, he’s only 19-year-old, and while there is room to encourage him and get behind him as he aims to deal with his current situation, the British media instead set out to intentionally make things even more difficult. It’s got to stop.

He’s reportedly just lost a close friend of his to suicide, and to make matters worse, silly rumours were stating that he’d been the subject of rape when the headline in the Daily Mail clearly stated ‘Premier League star in his 20s arrested on suspicion of rape and false imprisonment in his home.’ Why are we so suddenly jumping to the conclusion that Greenwood is the culprit?


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It’s sickening. It’s false and it’s not right. Just because he’s going through a tough period does not mean we can also spread false rumours surrounding the player. Mason Greenwood is a talented individual and should be left to his football club to help him get through this period. Such is life, these things happen and a footballer is no different, they are humans too, not robots. These are individuals going through a lot also, and the media negativity is not helping matters.

Meanwhile, footballers, both past and present, have come out in support of the Manchester United forward and denounced the negative reporting on the youngster. Whatever happened to positive press? Let’s get behind one of our own and support them, not bring them down.

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Anthony Onifade
A highly ambitious and motivated freelance football journalist always ready to speak his mind regarding the current affairs that arise throughout the footballing world, especially the Barclays Premier League and around Europe within the context of the Champions League. Owner of a well-renowned football website called 'Between the Lines' and a frequent listener and speaker on various football radio and podcast shows. Young, driven, dedicated, determined and a true football fanatic. Expect his contributions to 'It's Round and White' to be extremely engaging.

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