Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs has been charged with assault. The Wales boss has been charged with assaulting two women and controlling or coercive behaviour, the Crown Prosecution Service announced on Friday.
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.
“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.”
Both assault charges relate to an incident at Giggs’ home on November 1 last year, and he was arrested in November on suspicion of two counts of assault against his girlfriend and one other person.
Giggs denied the charges against him when he was arrested.
Greater Manchester Police said: “Ryan Giggs (29/11/1973) has been charged with causing actual bodily harm to a woman in her 30s and common assault of a woman in her 20s.
“Both counts relate to an incident on the evening of Sunday 1 November 2020.
“Giggs has also been charged with one count of coercive and controlling behaviour between December 2017 and November 2020.”
The Wales boss has been bailed. And he’s due to appear at Manchester and Salford Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, April 28.
Giggs spent the entirety of his professional career with Man United. He made 963 appearances during that time, more than any other player in the club’s entire history.
Giggs won 13 Premier League titles under Sir Alex Ferguson and two Champions League crowns, in 1999 and 2008 respectively.
Many expected him to get the United job in 2014 after David Moyes’ sacking.
But he was overlooked and became assistant to Louis van Gaal instead.
Giggs spent two years working under the Dutchman and eventually became Wales manager in January 2018, but has not managed his country since being arrested.