Ryan Giggs due in court after being charged with assaulting ex-girlfriend

23 April 2021, 16:14 | Updated: 23 April 2021, 20:53

Ryan Giggs has been charged with assaulting two women
Ryan Giggs has been charged with assaulting two women. Picture: PA

By Will Taylor

Former Manchester United star Ryan Giggs has been charged with assaulting his ex-girlfriend.

The Wales manager, 47, is accused of causing actual bodily harm to PR worker Kate Greville, 36, at his home in Worsley, Greater Manchester, in November.

He is also charged with coercive coercive and controlling behaviour between December 2017 and November 2020.

A further charge of common assault of a woman in her 20s has also been brought.

Giggs is due to appear at Manchester and Salford Magistrates’ Court on April 28.

He has issued a statement denying all allegations made against him.

In a statement issued on Friday, the Crown Prosecution Service 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."

Ryan Giggs is the current manager of the Wales football team
Ryan Giggs is the current manager of the Wales football team. Picture: PA

The Football Association of Wales has announced that Robert Page will take charge of team affairs at Euro 2020 this summer.

An FAW statement said: "The Football Association of Wales has noted the decision of The Crown Prosecution Service to proceed with charging Ryan Giggs, the men's national team manager.

"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.

"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 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," he said in a statement. "I will plead not guilty in court and look forward to clearing my name.

"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 is ongoing.

Police were called to the address in Chatsworth Road at 10.05pm on Sunday, November 1 to reports of a disturbance.

A woman in her 30s was treated for injuries at the scene.

Giggs 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.

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