Ryan Giggs won’t manage Wales at Euro 2020 after being charged with assault

Ryan Giggs has been charged with assault
Ryan Giggs has been charged with assault (PA Wire)
17:06pm, Fri 23 Apr 2021
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Wales will be managed by Robert Page at this summer’s European Championship after boss Ryan Giggs was charged with assaulting two women and controlling or coercive behaviour.

A Crown Prosecution Service spokesperson said former Manchester United winger Giggs will appear at Manchester and Salford Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday April 28.

The CPS said: “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.

“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.

Ryan Giggs will appear at Manchester and Salford Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday April 28 (PA Wire)

“The CPS made the decision to charge Mr 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.”

Greater Manchester Police said Giggs was charged with assault causing actual bodily harm against a woman in her 30s and the common assault of a woman in her 20s.

Both assault charges relate to an incident on November 1 last year, which is understood to have happened at Giggs’ home in Worsley near Salford. The older woman was treated for injuries at the scene.

Giggs, 47, has been released on bail ahead of the court appearance.

The Football Association of Wales soon confirmed Giggs would not be leading their men’s team at Euro 2020.

An FAW statement said: “The Football Association of Wales has noted the decision of The Crown Prosecution Service to proceed with charging Ryan Giggs, the men’s national team manager.

“In light of this decision, the FAW can confirm that Robert Page will assume the role of Cymru men’s national team manager for this summer’s Euro 2020 tournament and will be assisted by Albert Stuivenberg.

“An FAW board meeting will be convened to discuss these developments and its impact on the association and the national team.

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

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