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Ryan Giggs has pleaded not guilty to assaulting his ex-girlfriend and her younger sister during a court appearance.
Police were called to the Wales manager’s home in Worsley, Greater Manchester, on November 1, 2020, to reports of a disturbance.
A woman in her 30s was treated for injuries at the scene and Giggs was arrested.
The 47-year-old was afterwards charged with causing actual bodily harm to his ex-girlfriend, PR executive Kate Greville, 36.
He has also been charged with the common assault of a woman in her 20s – understood to be Ms Greville's younger sister – during the same incident.
Giggs faces an additional charge of engaging in coercive or controlling behaviour against Ms Greville in their relationship between December 2017 and November 2020.
He appeared at Manchester and Salford Magistrates' Court on Wednesday, April 28, where he denied the charges.
Wearing a dark suit and tie and standing behind a glass screen, Giggs gave his name, address and date of birth and answered not guilty.
The charges allege that Giggs "engaged in behaviour which was controlling or coercive, namely, used violence, isolation, belittling, humiliation, harassment, degradation and abuse towards Kate Greville".
He earlier stated: “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.”
The Crown Prosecution Service made the decision to charge Giggs “after reviewing a file of evidence from Greater Manchester Police”.
The Football Association of Wales (FAW) earlier announced that caretaker bossRobert Page will manage the country at this summer's European Championship finals.
Ms Greville reportedly met Giggs when she was working on PR for his Hotel Football business venture, opposite Manchester United's Old Trafford stadium.
In April 2018 she was appointed head of PR and communications for GG Hospitality, the hospitality management firm co-owned by Giggs and former United team-mate Gary Neville.
She was involved in the launch of their Stock Exchange Hotel in Manchester city centre before she took up a new PR consultancy post last July with a former employer.
Giggs made 963 appearances over 23 years for Manchester United as a player, a club record, winning a haul of honours including 13 Premier League winner's medals and two UEFA Champions League winner's medals.
He represented Wales as a player 64 times between 1991 and 2007 and took over as national coach in 2018.
- Ryan Giggs
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