Manchester United legend and now Wales coach Ryan Giggs has been arrested on charges of assaulting two women. He is accused of causing bodily harm to a 30-year-old woman and harassment of a 20-year-old woman. Both incidents took place in November 2020 in Salford.
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According to information provided by the Greater Manchester Police Department, on November 1, 2020 at 10:05 pm, a squad of officers was called to the scene of the incident at Giggs’ house. Upon arrival, the police officers assisted a 30-year-old woman. According to them, she received minor injuries, but nothing serious threatened her. According to media reports, this is Giggs’s girlfriend.
In addition, 47-year-old Giggs has been charged with violent and controlling behavior between December 2017 and November 2020.
The ex-footballer was released on bail. The court hearing on the case will take place on April 28.
Giggs himself denies all charges. “I fully and completely respect all the necessary legal procedures and perfectly understand the seriousness of the charges. I look forward to clearing my name,” he said.
The Wales Football Association has already suspended Giggs from work. During the final tournament of Euro 2020, where the Welsh made their way, the team will be led by Robert Page, who previously served as assistant to Giggs.
“I would like to wish the best of luck to Page, the entire coaching staff, players and fans. Hopefully they will be successful at Euro 2020,” said Giggs.
In the final tournament of the European Championship, Wales will play in the same group with Italy, Switzerland and Turkey.
Giggs took over the Dragons in January 2018, replacing Chris Coleman, and immediately managed to lead the Welsh to the finals of a major tournament. By the time the story broke, he had already missed three Welsh matches in November 2020. At that time, Paige was also in charge of the team. Giggs was absent from the Dragons bench in March this year during the World Cup 2022 qualifiers.
As the head of the Wales Football Association, Kiran O’Connor, told BBC Sport, football officials were thinking about who to replace Giggs in early April and opted for Page.