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Wales manager Ryan Giggs. Photo credit: Bradley Collyer/PA Wire.

Wales manager Ryan Giggs. Photo credit: Bradley Collyer/PA Wire.

Wales manager Ryan Giggs. Photo credit: Bradley Collyer/PA Wire.

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

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

He faces an additional charge of coercive and controlling behaviour between December 2017 and November 2020.

Giggs has also been charged with the common assault of a woman in her 20s – understood to be Ms Greville’s sister – during the same alleged incident.

He will appear on bail at Manchester and Salford Magistrates’ Court on April 28, said Greater Manchester Police.

Giggs 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.

“I would like to wish Robert Page, the coaching staff, the players and the supporters every success at the Euros this summer.”

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.

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“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 would be making no further comment while the case is ongoing.

In a statement, 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.”

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.


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