The Welsh national coach Ryan Giggs has been charged with assault and will therefore not accompany his team to the European Championship (June 11th to July 11th). He is represented by his assistant Robert Page, as the FAW announced. “I would like to wish Robert Page, the coaching staff, the players and the fans every success at the European Championship this summer,” said Giggs.
As the British law enforcement agency Crown Prosecution Service announced on Friday, Giggs is accused of attacking two women in his home. The former Manchester United star player will have to appear before Magistrates’ Court in Manchester and Salford on April 28, a spokesman for the Crown Prosecution Service said.
“I have full respect for due process and understand the gravity of the allegations,” said Giggs: “I will plead not guilty in court and look forward to clearing my name.”
The 47-year-old was temporarily arrested in early November and then released on bail. Giggs had denied the charge of slightly injuring a woman. Due to the ongoing domestic violence case, Giggs had missed the last three international matches in 2020 and the first three World Cup qualifiers for his team in March. Page had already represented him in these encounters.
Giggs, a 13-time English champion and two-time Champions League winner, has been the Wales team manager since January 2018. Between 1991 and 2007, the offensive player completed 64 caps for the Welsh selection. His contract as national coach runs until the end of 2022.