Bellingham joined Real Madrid from Dortmund last summer (Picture: Getty)
Greenwood left Manchester United in August to join Getafe on a season-long loan deal following the conclusion of an internal club investigation into the player’s conduct.
In January 2022, the striker was charged with attempted rape, assault and coercive behaviour. All charges were dropped in February 2023. After major backlash from supporters, United opted against reintegrating him back into their squad with the 22-year-old not expected to play for the club again.
During Thursday’s match, Bellingham, who has been an instant hit in Spain following his £90million move from Borussia Dortmund, landed a crunching tackle on Greenwood close to the touchline, forcing the ball out of play.
Footage circulating on social media showed Bellingham mouthing a two-syllable word in Greenwood’s direction immediately after the incident with fans suggesting he uttered the word ‘rapist’.
While audio did not pick up Bellingham’s comment, expert witness and forensic lip-reader Jeremy Freeman was able to identify with near-certainty what was said.
The incident occurred after Bellingham’s tackle on the striker (Picture: Getty)
He told the Daily Mail: ‘After carefully analysing the clip, I am 97 per cent confident that the spoken word is “rapist”, particularly when considering the context in which it was used.
‘The visual cues of the lips indicate the presence of the ‘R’ and ‘P’ sounds, and the word appears to end sharply.
‘Additionally, the speaker seems to have a pronounced Brummie accent, which I factored into my interpretation,’ Freeman added.
‘Given the clarity of these visual markers and the absence of any viable alternative interpretation, I am quite certain of this conclusion.’
Following the incident, Getafe have requested to the La Liga delegate present at Thursday’s game that Bellingham’s alleged comments be included in the referee’s official match report which could lead to an investigation.
Bellingham, 20, could be handed a potential suspension as a result if charged and found guilty by La Liga. It remains unclear if officials will take action.