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Ryan Giggs wants to ‘resume his managerial and coaching career’ after retrial abandoned

The ex-Wales manager and Manchester United player has told sources he wants to get back into football after prosecutors decided they would be abandoning plans to proceed with a fresh trial over allegations Giggs lost control and headbutted his ex-girlfriend Kate Greville.

Tuesday 18 July 2023 15:39, UK

Ryan Giggs wants to get back into football after his retrial over domestic violence allegations planned for later this month was abandoned, sources have said.

Giggs – the ex-Wales manager and Manchester United player – was due to go on trial accused of attacking and controlling his ex-girlfriend Kate Greville, and assaulting her younger sister, Emma.

But on Tuesday morning, prosecutors told a hearing they would not be seeking a fresh trial as Ms Greville would not be willing to appear as a witness.

Afterwards, a source told the PA news agency: “His intention is to resume his managerial and coaching career. He’s got unfinished business in the game.

“The last three years his life has been put on hold but he’s a huge football man.

“He’s been found not guilty and wants to get back into the game. He’s football through and through.”

Giggs was accused of “losing control” and headbutting Ms Greville – and elbowing her sister in the jaw – during a row at his home in Worsley, Greater Manchester, on 1 November 2020.

It would have been the second time the 49-year-old had been tried over the allegations.

However, the charges were withdrawn with prosecutor Peter Wright KC telling Manchester Crown Court that Ms Greville had “indicated an unwillingness” to give evidence.

He said the first trial had “taken its toll” on her, and her sister, adding it was “not a decision taken lightly”.

Mr Wright said there was no realistic prospect of conviction on count one, that of coercive and controlling behaviour, and it was no longer in the public interest to proceed to prosecute on the other charges of assault on Ms Greville and her sister.

He added: “That being the case, we formally offer no evidence on counts one, two and three.”

Judge Hilary Manley formally entered not guilty verdicts in respect of those counts.

Chris Daw KC, defending Giggs, who was not present in court, said his client was “deeply relieved the prosecution has finally come to an end after almost three years in which he’s been fighting throughout to clear his name”.

“He has always been innocent of these charges, there’s been very, very many lies told about him in court,” he said.

“He’s now been found not guilty of all the charges and going forward would like to rebuild his life and career as an innocent man.”

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Giggs was on trial last summer, accused of assaulting his former partner, Ms Greville, causing actual bodily harm, and using controlling and coercive behaviour against her between August 2017 to November 2020.

He was also charged with the common assault of Ms Greville’s sister.

The 12-member jury was sent out to consider its verdict on 23 August last year after a month-long trial, but one juror was discharged due to illness.

The judge then said she would accept a majority verdict where at least 10 of the 11 remaining jurors agreed.

However, the jury of seven women and four men failed to agree verdicts on any of the charges after deliberating for 22 hours and 59 minutes.

It was ruled last September that Giggs would face a retrial, a decision which he said “disappointed” him.

Giggs has always denied the allegations against him.

He stood down from his role as manager of the Wales national team last September after a period of leave that began in November 2020.

Giggs won 64 caps for Wales, scored 168 goals for Manchester United during his 24-year stint at the club and co-owns League Two side Salford City.

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