In Manchester, northwest England, on May 28, 2021, Wales manager and former Manchester United star Ryan Giggs leaves Manchester crown court following an appearance on assault charges. (AFP photo by Oli SCARFF)
Ryan Giggs, the Wales manager and a former Manchester United player, will stand trial next year on charges of intentionally headbutting his ex-girlfriend and exerting control over her throughout their relationship.
On Friday, during a 15-minute hearing at Manchester Crown Court, a date was set for proceedings to begin on January 24, 2022, at the same court.
Giggs, 47, is accused of assaulting Kate Greville, 36, and causing her actual bodily harm on November 1 last year at his home in Greater Manchester.
Between December 2017 and November 2020, the Wales boss is also alleged to have acted in a controlling and coercive manner toward her.
Giggs is also charged with common assault for allegedly beating Greville’s younger sister, Emma Greville, on November 1.
Shortly after entering the dock, the former winger, dressed in a blue suit and tie, spoke only to confirm his name.
Giggs was not required to enter a formal plea, but has denied all allegations and previously issued a statement in which he expressed his excitement about “clearing his name.”
He is still being held on a conditional bail.
The Welsh Football Association confirmed in April that caretaker boss Robert Page, who has presided over matches since November, would remain in charge for Euro 2020, which begins next month.
Giggs, a Cardiff native who earned 64 caps for Wales, was appointed manager of the national team in January 2018 and guided his country to European Championship qualification in November 2019.
However, Euro 2020 has been delayed by a year due to the coronavirus pandemic, and Giggs has missed two international camps since his November arrest.
Giggs made a club record 963 appearances for Manchester United during his 23-year career, winning 13 Premier League trophies and two Champions League titles.