Ryan Giggs vows to clear his name after he's charged with assaulting two women and coercive control of ex Kate Greville

RYAN Giggs has vowed to clear his name after today being charged with coercive control and assaulting his ex-girlfriend Kate Greville after a row.

The Wales manager, 47, was held after cops were called to his £1.7million mansion in Worsley, Greater Manchester, on November 3.

He was quizzed at a police station before being released on bail pending further enquiries.

But the Man Utd legend was charged today with assault occasioning actual bodily harm against PR exec Kate.

He faces an additional charge of coercive and controlling behaviour between December 2017 and November 2020.

Giggs has also been charged with a second count of assault against another woman aged in her 20s following the alleged bust-up at his home.

Following the charges announced by Greater Manchester Police today,
Giggs said in a statement: “I have full respect for the due process of law and understand the seriousness of the allegations.

“I will plead not guilty in court and look forward to clearing my name

“I would like to wish Robert Page, the coaching staff, the players and
the supporters every success at the Euros this summer.”

He has been released on bail to appear at Manchester and Salford Magistrates' Court on April 28.

After the charges were announced by the CPS today, Wales confirmed Giggs will not manage Wales at the upcoming Euro 2020s.

The ex-footballer was due to lead his country at the tournament this summer but caretaker Robert Page will now manage their first game against Switzerland on June 12.

Giggs was previously placed on special leave by the Welsh FA after his arrest in November.

The CPS confirmed Giggs was charged after they reviewed a file from Greater Manchester Police.

Common assault carries a maximum sentence of six months and or a fine of up to £5,000.

But the more serious charge of coercive control could see him locked up for up to five years if guilty and receive an unlimited fine.

The law was introduced in 2015 to address “controlling or coercive behaviour in an intimate or family relationship which causes someone to fear that violence will be used against them”.

Following the row, PR exec Kate packed her bags and fled to a secret rural location with their labrador, Mac.

She was seen walking the pooch with a bruised lip after the alleged incident.

He stepped aside as Wales manager for three games after his arrest with the charges threatening to throw his international career into jeopardy.

Giggs had been dating Kate on and off since 2017 after they first met when she started doing the PR for Hotel Football in 2013.

He went public with the relationship when he was pictured with her holidaying in Italy in August 2018.

It was eight months after his divorce from wife ­Stacey, who he had been cheating on for eight years with brother Rhodri’s wife Natasha.

The affair led to the breakdown of his brother's marriage – with Rhodri claiming earlier this month Giggs still hasn't apologised.

At the same time, Giggs had a six-month fling with Big Brother's Imogen Thomas, which Natasha claimed made her reveal her affair with her brother-in-law.

The multi-millionaire spent £150,000 getting a High Court injunction against Imogen but his attempt to silence her fell apart after a sustained Twitter campaign that resulted in an MP naming him in parliament.

Giggs won the Champions League twice and the Premier League 13 times in a glittering career before becoming Wales manager in January 2018 on a four-year contract.

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