Getafe boss defends Mason Greenwood after Jude Bellingham’s alleged slur during Real Madrid clash – as Jose Bordalas refers to Man United loanee as a ‘great guy’ with ‘exemplary behaviour’
Getafe manager Jose Bordalas hailed Mason Greenwood as a ‘fantastic guy with exemplary behaviour’ after Jude Bellingham was reported to LaLiga for allegedly calling the forward a ‘rapist’.
The two England players went head-to-head in their first meeting of the season following Greenwood’s move to LaLiga in September and Bellingham’s signing with Real Madrid in June.
Thursday’s clash exploded into life when Bellingham unleashed a stinging tackle on Greenwood to force the ball out of play.
When footage of the incident spread on social media, fans were quick to claim they had spotted the Real Madrid star muttering the word ‘rapist’ at the forward.
This was because Greenwood had previously been charged with attempted rape, assault and coercion in January 2022. However, the charges were dropped by the Crown Prosecution Service in February 2023 following the withdrawal of key witnesses.
Getafe manager Jose Bordalas (pictured) defended his striker Mason Greenwood
Bordalas called the 22-year-old (left) a ‘big guy who has exemplary behaviour’ after Jude Bellingham (right) was reported to LaLiga for allegedly calling the forward a ‘rapist’.
The alleged comment came just after the Real Madrid sensation tackled Greenwood near the touchline during their game on Thursday
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Nevertheless, the 22-year-old forward has mutually agreed to leave the former team Manchester United on loan following the completion of an internal investigation into the player’s conduct off the field.
Greenwood hoped he could help Getafe beat Real Madrid on Thursday afternoon. However, they ended up losing the game 2-0 thanks to a brace from Joselu.
In a post-match interview, Getafe head coach Bordalas revealed his disappointment at not only the result but also the treatment of Greenwood – saying he is a ‘fantastic guy who has exemplary behaviour’.
Regarding Bellingham’s alleged defamation, Bordales said: ‘I know the same thing you know. It does not depend on me, it is the club, LaLiga and the Federation that have to make an assessment about it.
“The only thing I can say is that I ask Mason Greenwood for respect because he’s a great guy. He is a man that everyone respects and has exemplary behaviour.’
Getafe decided to take action after the match by asking referee Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea to record the alleged insult in his match report.
Doing so could still subject Bellingham to a disciplinary procedure from the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF), although without audio this could be a difficult case to prove.
An expert lip reader has said he is ’97 per cent confident’ that Real Madrid star Bellingham uttered a shocking insult at Greenwood during their heated derby.
Bellingham was all smiles on Saturday during training ahead of the Madrid derby against Atletico Madrid on Sunday afternoon.
Getafe also reported the incident to the LaLiga delegates present at Estadio Coliseum to record the alleged insult, although the club did not file a formal complaint with Bellingham.
Nevertheless, Bellingham was pictured during training ahead of the Madrid derby against Atletico Madrid on Saturday.
The England international is expected to start the game and will be hoping to continue his blistering form this season.