Ryan Giggs charged with assault on two women and ‘coercive and controlling behavior’

Giggs has been charged with “causing bodily harm to a woman in her thirties and common assault against a woman in her twenties,” Greater Manchester Police said in a statement on Friday. “Both counts relate to an incident on the evening of Sunday, November 1, 2020.”

Giggs “was also charged with one count of coercive and controlling behavior between December 2017 and November 2020.”

Giggs is scheduled to appear in Manchester and Salford Magistrates’ Court on April 28, GMP police added.

Giggs’ management agency did not immediately respond to a request for comment when contacted by CNN Sport.

Later this year, Wales will take part in the Euro 2020 Championship, but the assault case Giggs faces means he won’t be in charge of the squad.

“In light of this decision, the FAW can confirm that Robert Page will assume the role of Cymru Men’s National Team Director for this summer’s EURO 2020 tournament and will be assisted by Albert Stuivenberg,” said the Football Association of Wales in a statement.

“A meeting of the FAW Board of Directors will be called to discuss these developments and their impact on the Association and the national team,” the statement added.

“The FAW will not be making any further comment at this time.”

BBC Simon Stone tweeted a statement from Giggs: “I have full due process + I understand the seriousness of the allegations. I will plead not guilty in court + I look forward to clearing my name. I wish Robert Page, coaches, players and supporters every success at the Euros this summer.”

Giggs was appointed manager of Wales in January 2018 and led them to qualifying for the UEFA Euro 2020 Championship, which was postponed to take place this summer after the COVID-19 pandemic forced the postponement of the tournament.

He has enjoyed an exceptional club and international career winning 64 caps for Wales and a series of trophies with Manchester United, including 13 Premier League titles and two UEFA Champions Leagues.

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