Wales boss Ryan Giggs has denied accusations of assaulting two women and controlling or coercive behavior.
The former Manchester United winger has pleaded not guilty to an allegation of violence and behavior against his ex-girlfriend, including isolation, belittling, humiliation, harassment, degradation and abuse. abuse, Manchester Magistrates’ Court heard in a short hearing on Wednesday.
Giggs also pleaded not guilty to actual bodily harm to public relations manager Kate Greville, 36, at her home in Worsley, Greater Manchester on November 1 last year.
He was also charged with the joint assault of Emma Greville, understood to be Mrs. Greville’s younger sister, during the same alleged incident.
The charge of controlling and coercive behavior in an intimate relationship alleges that the abuse lasted almost three years, between December 2017 and November 2020.
The 47-year-old appeared in the dock for his first court appearance as the three charges against him were read and he entered his not guilty plea.
Giggs, who only spoke to confirm his name, address and enter his not guilty pleas, was released on bail to appear before Manchester Crown Court on May 26.
His bail conditions are that he must not contact Kate or Emma Greville or go to any address where they are located.
The 13-minute hearing focused on procedural issues as the case was returned to Crown Court for a new hearing.
The Football Association of Wales confirmed last week that Giggs will not lead his men’s team at this summer’s European Championship, with Robert Page taking the reins.
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Giggs won’t run Wales in Euros
The Football Association of Wales confirmed last week that Giggs will not be leading his men’s team at Euro 2020.
A statement from the FAW said: “The Wales Football Association has taken note of the Crown Prosecution Service’s decision to prosecute Ryan Giggs, the manager of the men’s national team.
“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.
“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 FAW will not be making any further comment at this time.”