23 Apr Ryan Giggs charged with assaulting two women and controlling or coercive behaviour | UK News
Former Manchester United footballer Ryan Giggs has been charged with assaulting two women and controlling or coercive behaviour, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has said.
Wales manager Giggs 47, will appear at Manchester and Salford Magistrates’ Court next Wednesday 28 April, a CPS spokesperson said.
He is accused of causing actual bodily harm 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 during the same alleged incident.
A Greater Manchester Police spokesperson said: “A man from Salford has been charged with three offences after police were called to reports of a disturbance in the Worsley area in November 2020.
“Ryan Giggs has been charged with causing actual bodily harm to a woman in her 30s and common assault of a woman in her 20s.
“Both counts relate to an incident on the evening of Sunday, 1 November 2020.”
Giggs is currently on bail.
In a statement, Giggs said: “I have full respect for the due process of law and understand the seriousness of the allegations.
“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.”
Giggs said he would not make any further comment while the case is ongoing.
A Football Association of Wales (FAW) said that assistant manager Robert Page will take charge of Wales’ national team at this summer’s Euro 2020 tournament.
“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,” the statement said.
“A FAW Board meeting will be convened to discuss these developments and its impact on the association and the national team.”
Giggs missed Wales’ international fixtures in November 2020 and March 2021 following his arrest, with Page taking over as caretaker boss.
The former footballer retired in 2014 after 24 years at Manchester United, where he won 13 Premier League titles, two Champions Leagues, four FA Cups and three League Cups.
He also won 64 caps for Wales and is co-owner of League Two Salford City.
He was appointed as Wales manager in 2018, after two years as an assistant manager at Manchester United first under David Moyes and later under Louis Van Gaal.
Giggs took over from Chris Coleman as Wales boss and successfully led them to qualify for Euro 2020.