Ryan Giggs Trial Set For 2022 On Ex-Girlfriend Assault Charge
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Ryan Giggs has appeared before court and pleaded not guilty to assaulting his ex-girlfriend.
The former Manchester United footballer will go on trial at Manchester Crown Court on 24 January next year.
The 47-year-old is accused of deliberately headbutting his ex-girlfriend, Kate Greville, along with controlling and coercive behaviour during their relationship.
It is alleged that Giggs assaulted Ms Greville, 36, and caused her actual bodily harm at his home in Worsley, Greater Manchester, on 1 November last year.
The Wales boss is also said to have engaged in controlling and coercive behaviour towards her between December 2017 and November 2020, namely that he used violence, isolation, belittling, humiliation, harassment, degradation and abuse.
He has denied both allegations and previously issued a statement in which he said he would 'look forward to clearing my name'.
Giggs has also been charged with the common assault by beating of Ms Greville's younger sister, Emma Greville, in the alleged same incident on 1 November, which he also denies.
Back in April a Crown Prosecution Service spokesperson 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. Mr Giggs will appear at Manchester and Salford Magistrates' Court on Wednesday 28th April.
"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."
The Football Association of Wales (FAW) has announced that caretaker boss Robert Page will manage the country at this summer's European Championship finals.
Giggs won 64 caps for Wales and with Manchester United he won 13 Premier League titles, two Champions League trophies, four FA Cups and three League Cups.
He is also a co-owner of League Two side Salford City.
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