Saturday 17 March 2018

Masked gang damage cars outside Giggs’ home

Rosemary O’Grady & Ian Herbert

Police in Manchester are investigating an incident outside the home of Manchester United star Ryan Giggs in which a gang of masked men damaged a number of cars belonging to journalists and photographers.

A gang arriving in a Ford Transit van threw eggs and flour at journalists and vandalised six cars outside the player’s home. According to a press statement on the incident which was issued without the club's advance knowledge by Greater Manchester Police, included the name of Giggs' street.

This latest incident comes just days after it was revealed that Giggs had taken out a super injunction in an effort to protect his identity following his alleged affair with model and former 'Big Brother' star Imogen Thomas.

Giggs played in last night’s testimonial for team mate Gary Neville against Juventus which took place at Old Trafford before 42,000 people.

On Sunday, Giggs' long suffering wife Stacey, 32, appeared beaming on the pitch at Old Trafford - with wedding ring on show - as she helped her husband celebrate Manchester United winning the Premier League.

But after the gagging order keeping secret his alleged relationship was exposed the couple apparently spent yesterday apart.

Controversy also surrounds manager Alex Ferguson’s attempt to ban a journalist from a press conference scheduled for Friday. Associated Press's Rob Harris, an experienced journalist known in the press corps for his willingness to raise the difficult issues, asked a question of Ferguson about Giggs’ value for Saturday’s game against Barcelona.

"All the players are important, every one of them," Ferguson replied, then asked his press secretary, Karen Shotbolt, for the identity of the questioner, in an aside which was caught by the microphones. After establishing from her that this journalist would be seeking attendance for Friday's press conference, Ferguson asked to have him banned.

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