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Fri, 23 Apr 2021 17:00:00 +0100

The Wales manager denies three offences after an incident in Salford in November

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Wales manager and former Manchester United player Ryan Giggs has been charged with assaulting two women.

He is accused of causing actual bodily harm to a woman in her 30s and common assault of a woman in her 20s at an address in Salford last November.

Mr Giggs, of Worsley, is also charged with coercive or controlling behaviour.

He has been bailed to appear at Manchester and Salford Magistrates' Court on 28 April.

Mr Giggs, 47, said in a statement he would plead not guilty to the charges in court.

“I have full respect for the due process of law and understand the seriousness of the allegations,” he said.

“I look forward to clearing my name.”

Greater Manchester Police said officers were called at 22:05 GMT on 1 November to reports of a disturbance at an address in Worsley.

The force said a woman in her 30s was treated for minor injuries at the scene.

Mr Giggs is also accused of coercive or controlling behaviour between December 2017 and November 2020.

The Football Association of Wales (FAW) has confirmed assistant manager Robert Page will take charge of Wales at this summer's European Championships.

The FAW said there would be a board meeting to “discuss the developments and its impact on the association and the national team”.

In his statement, Mr Giggs added: “I would like to wish Robert Page, the coaching staff, the players and the supporters every success at the Euros this summer.”

The former Manchester United winger is one of British football's most-decorated footballers following his 24-year career at Old Trafford and was appointed an OBE in 2007 before winning the BBC's Sports Personality of the Year in 2009.

He also won 64 caps for Wales between 1991 and 2007 and was appointed national manager in January 2018, leading them to qualification for Euro 2020, which has been re-scheduled because of Covid-19.

He is also co-owner of League Two side Salford City.

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Ryan Giggs

Fri, 23 Apr 2021 17:00:00 +0100

Former Manchester United player and Wales manager to appear at magistrates court next week

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Former Manchester United player and Wales manager to appear at magistrates court next week

First published on Fri 23 Apr 2021 11.32 EDT

The former Manchester United footballer Ryan Giggs has been charged with domestic violence offences after police were called to his home in Salford last year.

Giggs, 47, has been charged with one count of coercive and controlling behaviour between December 2017 and November 2020, Greater Manchester police (GMP) said.

He is also charged with causing actual bodily harm (ABH) to a woman in her 30s and with common assault on a woman in her 20s. The latter two charges relate to an incident on the evening of 1 November 2020.

According to PA Media, the ABH charge relates to his ex-partner, PR executive Kate Greville, 36.

Giggs has been bailed and is due to appear at Manchester and Salford magistrates court on 28 April.

He said in a statement that he was innocent of the charges and looked forward to clearing his name. “I have full respect for the due process of law and understand the seriousness of the allegations,” Giggs said. “I will plead not guilty in court and look forward to clearing my name.”

In a statement, GMP said: “Police were called at 10.05pm on Sunday 1 November 2020 to reports of a disturbance at an address in Worsley. A woman in her 30s was treated for injuries at the scene.”

The Football Association of Wales (FAW) said it had replaced Giggs as men’s national team manager following the charges. “In light of this decision, the FAW can confirm that Robert Page will assume the role of Cymru men’s national team manager for this summer’s Euro 2020 tournament and will be assisted by Albert Stuivenberg,” it said in a statement.

“An FAW board meeting will be convened to discuss these developments and its impact on the association and the national team. The FAW will not be making any further comment at this current time.”

Giggs said: “I would like to wish Robert Page, the coaching staff, the players and the supporters every success at the Euros this summer.” He added he would be making no further comment while the case continued.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said: “We have authorised Greater Manchester Police to charge Ryan Giggs with engaging in behaviour which was controlling or coercive and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

“A charge of assault by beating relating to a second woman has also been authorised. The CPS made the decision to charge Mr Giggs after reviewing a file of evidence from Greater Manchester Police. Criminal proceedings are active and nothing should be published that could jeopardise the defendant’s right to a fair trial.”

Giggs is co-owner of League Two side Salford City, along with the Neville brothers and other members of the so-called “class of 92”.He won 64 caps for Wales and had a glittering playing career with Manchester United, winning 13 Premier League titles, two Champions Leagues, four FA Cups and three League Cups.

– April 23, 2021
Ryan Giggs charged with assaulting two women