Ex-Man Utd star Giggs faces retrial in domestic abuse case | News

The decision comes a week after Giggs was released after a jury failed to reach a verdict.

Former Manchester United and Wales football star Ryan Giggs was ordered by a Manchester judge on Wednesday to stand trial for a second time on domestic abuse charges.

The decision comes a week after Giggs was freed after a jury failed to reach a verdict on charges of causing actual bodily harm to his ex-girlfriend by controlling and coercive behaviour. Giggs has denied all allegations.

Judge Hilary Manley set July 31, 2023 as the date for the trial, which is expected to last three or four weeks.

Giggs said in a statement on Wednesday that he was “obviously disappointed” by the decision to stand trial.

“I am confident that eventually justice will be served and my name will be cleared of all charges,” Giggs added.

Former Manchester United footballer Ryan Giggs arrives at Manchester Crown Court in Manchester
Giggs arrives at Manchester Crown Court [File: Carl Recine/Reuters]

“I would like to thank my legal team, my mother, my children, my girlfriend… and my closest friends for their support during this time. I understand the level of interest and scrutiny surrounding this case, but I would like to ask that my family’s privacy be respected in the coming weeks and months,” he said.

Meanwhile, the football star will remain on bail. The 48-year-old was excused from attending the brief hearing, which took place at Manchester Crown Court.

Prosecutors say Giggs assaulted Greville causing actual bodily harm at his home in Worsley, Greater Manchester, in November 2020.

He was also charged with simple assault on Greville’s younger sister Emma during the same incident.

Former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson was among those who gave evidence. Giggs also took the stand and while he admitted he had been unfaithful in his previous relationships, he denied ever being abusive.

During his time at United, the former Wales captain won 13 Premier League titles and two Champions League trophies. He also has the most appearances for the club, 963 in total.

Amid the controversy, Giggs stepped down as Wales coach in June, saying he did not want to jeopardize preparations for the World Cup later this year in Qatar.

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