Wales manager and former Manchester United winger Ryan Giggs has been charged with assaulting two women,
Giggs allegedly caused actual bodily harm to a woman in her 30s and common assault of a woman in her 20s at an address in Salford last November. Giggs is also accused of one count of coercive or controlling behaviour.
The 47-year-old has been bailed and will appear before Manchester and Salford Magistrates’ Court on April 28.
In a statement released on Friday evening, Giggs says he will plead not guilty to all the charges.
“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 I look forward to clearing my name,” says Giggs.
Manchester United legend relieved of his duties
Following the incidents, the Football Association of Wales (FAW) has decided to relieve Giggs of his duty and assigned assistant manager Robert Page the task. Page will take charge of Wales, the national team, in the forthcoming Euro tournament this summer.
Giggs holds the all-time record for the most appearances for Manchester United, playing in 963 games for the club between 1991 and 2014. He was appointed Wales manager in January 2018 and has successfully led them to the European Championship this summer.