Giggs steps down as Wales manager over assault charges
Manager of the Walsh team, Ryan Giggs, have been charged with assaulting his ex-girlfriend.
The former Manchester United star will not be leading the Wales team to the Euro 2020, consequently, the Football Association of Wales has announced that Rob Page would take charge of the Dragons for the tournament.
The announcement came after the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said Giggs would faces trial at Manchester and Salford Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday April 28.
The 47-year-old was accused of causing actual bodily harm to PR worker, 36-year-old Kate Greville, at his home in Worsley, Greater Manchester, in November.
He faces an additional charge of coercive and controlling behaviour between December 2017 and November 2020.
Giggs has also been charged with the common assault of a woman in her 20s during the same alleged incident in November.
The CPS’ statement read: “We have authorised Greater Manchester Police to charge Ryan Giggs with engaging in behaviour which was controlling or coercive and assault occasioning actual bodily harm,” The Crown Prosecution Service said.
“A charge of assault by beating relating to a second woman has also been authorised. Mr Giggs will appear at Manchester and Salford Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday 28th April.
“The CPS made the decision to charge Giggs after reviewing a file of evidence from Greater Manchester Police.
“Criminal proceedings are active and nothing should be published that could jeopardise the defendant’s right to a fair trial.”
Appointed Dragons boss in 2018, Giggs led his country to a second successive European Championship tournament in 2019.
Giggs said in a statement that he was innocent of the charges and looked forward to clearing his name.
“I have full respect for the due process of law and understand the seriousness of the allegations,” Giggs said.
“I will plead not guilty in court and look forward to clearing my name. I would like to wish Robert Page, the coaching staff, the players and the supporters every success at the Euros this summer.”