Former Manchester United footballer Ryan Giggs to appear in court on ex-girlfriend assault charge

The Wales boss is also said to have engaged in controlling and coercive behaviour towards his ex-girlfriend, Kate Greville

Former Manchester United footballer Ryan Giggs will appear in court over accusations he assaulted his ex-girlfriend.

In a 15-minute hearing at Manchester Crown Court on Friday (28 May) the date was fixed for proceedings to take place at the same court next year.

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Giggs will go on trial at Manchester Crown Court on 24 January next year accused of deliberately headbutting his ex Kate Greville, 36, and controlling her throughout their relationship.

Former Manchester United footballer Ryan Giggs leaves Manchester Crown Court on Friday (Photo: PA)

Abusive and controlling behaviour

It is alleged that Giggs, 47, Greville 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.

It is said that he used violence, isolation, belittling, humiliation, harassment, degradation and abuse.

Giggs has denied both allegations made against him and previously issued a statement in which he said he would “look forward to clearing my name”.

The former footballer has also been charged with the common assault by beating of Ms Greville’s youngster sister, Emma Greville, in the alleged same incident on 1 November.

He has also denied this claim.

Trial hearing on Friday

A plea and trial preparation hearing will take place at Manchester Crown Court on Friday (28 May), which Giggs is required to attend.

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 had a glittering playing career with Manchester United, winning 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.

He is currently on conditional bail and is not permitted to contact Kate or Emma Greville, or go to any address where they are.

The hearing on Friday starts at 9.45am.

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