Getafe manager Jose Bordalas has hailed Mason Greenwood as a 'great guy who has exemplary behaviour' after Jude Bellingham was reported to LaLiga for allegedly calling the forward a 'rapist'.
The two English 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 landed a crunching tackle on Greenwood to force the ball out of play.
When footage of that incident circulated on social media, fans quickly claimed to notice the Real Madrid star mutter the word 'rapist' at the forward.
This was because Greenwood had previously been charged with attempted rape, assault, and coercive behaviour in January 2022. However, the charges were dropped on February 2023 by the Crown Prosecution Service following the withdrawal of key witnesses.
Getafe manager Jose Bordalas (pictured) has defended his striker Mason Greenwood
Bordalas called the 22-year-old (left) a 'great 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 had tackled Greenwood near the touchline during their game on Thursday
Nevertheless, the 22-year-old forward mutually agreed to leave former side Manchester United on loan following the conclusion of an internal investigation into the player's conduct off the pitch.
Greenwood was hoping he could help Getafe beat Real Madrid on Thursday afternoon. However, they ended up losing the fixture 2-0 thanks to a brace from Joselu.
During an interview after the game, Getafe head coach Bordalas revealed his disappointment in not only the result but the treatment of Greenwood - stating he is a 'great guy who has exemplary behaviour'.
Speaking about Bellingham's alleged slur, Bordales said: 'I know the same thing that you know. It's not up to me, it's the club, LaLiga and the Federation that have to make an assessment about it.
'The only thing that I can say is that I ask for respect for Mason Greenwood because he is a great guy. He is a man who respects everyone and has exemplary behaviour.'
Getafe decided to take action after the game by asking referee Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea to record the alleged insult in his match report.
Doing so could yet subject Bellingham to a disciplinary procedure from the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF), although without audio, it could be a hard case to prove.
An expert lip-reader has said he is '97 per cent confident' that Real Madrid star Bellingham mouthed a shocking insult at Greenwood during their heated derby
Bellingham was pictured all smiles in training on Saturday ahead of the Madrid derby against Atletico Madrid on Sunday afternoon
Getafe also reported the incident to the LaLiga deligate present at Estadio Coliseum to record the alleged insult, although the club has not levelled a formal complaint at Bellingham.
Nevertheless, Bellingham was pictured all smiles in training on Saturday ahead of the Madrid derby against Atletico Madrid on Sunday.
The England international is expected to start the game and will hope to continue his blistering form this season.
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