LONDON, Aug 8, 2022 (PT /AFP) – Former Manchester United star Ryan Giggs
stands trial Monday on charges of attacking and coercively controlling his
ex-girlfriend, in a case that has upended his managerial career.
The 48-year-old, who until recently served as coach of the Wales national
team, has pleaded not guilty to the charges, which carry a maximum jail term
of five years.
The jury trial at a crown court in Manchester was set to open at 10:30 am
(0930 GMT), presided over by judge Hilary Manley. It is expected to last 10
Giggs is charged with assaulting his former girlfriend, PR executive Kate
Greville, causing her actual bodily harm on November 1, 2020, when police
were called to his home in the Manchester area.
The Welshman is further charged with common assault of her younger sister,
Emma Greville, on the same day.
He also faces a charge of controlling and coercive behaviour towards Kate
Greville throughout their relationship, which began in 2017 and ended with
the alleged assault.
The charge specifies that his behaviour towards Greville, 36, included the
use of “isolation, belittling, humiliation, harassment, degradation and
abuse”. Giggs was arrested by police at his home in November 2020 and released on
He has denied the allegations and pleaded not guilty at an initial court
appearance in April last year.
His trial was due to be heard in January but it was delayed due to a backlog
of court cases caused by the Covid pandemic. – First of two trials –
Giggs’s lawyer, Chris Daw, has acted for high-profile sports figures
including former England and Chelsea football captain John Terry, who was
found not guilty of racially abusing fellow player Anton Ferdinand in 2012.
Giggs resigned as the Wales manager in June, after being on leave since his
arrest. He said he did not want “continued interest around this case” to affect the
team as it prepares for this year’s World Cup in Qatar.
He remains on conditional bail, and has said he looks forward to “clearing my
name”. A dazzling teenage talent, Giggs ended his career at Old Trafford as the
most-decorated player in English football history.
As a player, Giggs made a club-record 963 appearances over 23 years for
Manchester United, winning 13 Premier League titles and two Champions League
He then began his coaching career at Old Trafford, taking temporary charge at
the end of the 2013/14 season after David Moyes was sacked before working as
an assistant to Louis van Gaal for two years.
Giggs was appointed Wales boss in January 2018 and helped them secure
qualification for Euro 2020, just their second major tournament appearance
since the 1958 World Cup.
His trial opens shortly before another court case involving a star
footballer, Manchester City defender Benjamin Mendy. The Frenchman is set to go on trial on Wednesday in Chester, northwest
England, accused of rape and assault in a case involving seven women.
Mendy, who has been suspended by City, denies the allegations.