Ryan Giggs has appeared at Manchester Magistrates’ Court today charged with offences against his former partner.
Giggs, 47, currently manager of the Welsh national side, appeared wearing a face mask and navy suit, and was flanked by security as he entered the court building.
He is charged with engaging in controlling and coercive behaviour and assaulting a person thereby causing actual bodily harm.
The charges relate to his former partner, Kate Greville.
It is claimed that from December 2017 to November 2020, Giggs harassed Ms Greville using violence, isolation, humiliation and degradation.
The charge of causing actual bodily harm is alleged to have taken place on November 1, 2020.
Giggs has also been charged with an offence of assault by beating against another complainant, Emma Greville.
Appearing in the dock, the former Manchester United player pleaded not guilty to all charges.
Addressing the court, prosecutor Andrea Griffiths, said the charges were too serious to be dealt with by the Magistrates Court, and requested that the trial be sent to the crown court.
“The crown says these matters are not suitable for summary trial and should be allocated to the crown court,” she said.
Giggs’ defence solicitor, Ian Lewis said he did not have any submissions to make about where the trial should be allocated.
Deputy Senior District Judge Tan Ikram directed that the trial should be heard at Manchester Crown Square Crown Court.
“In relation to the sentencing council I accept the crown submissions at this stage that these matters should be allocated to the crown court,” he said.
Giggs was granted bail on the conditions that he does not contact directly or indirectly Kate or Emma Greville, and does not enter any address where they are known or believed to be.
In a statement Greater Manchester Police (GMP) said charges related to an incident on Sunday November 1 last year.
“Police were called at 10.05pm on Sunday 1 November 2020 to reports of a disturbance at an address on Chatsworth Road, Worsley” the force said.
“A woman in her 30s was treated for injuries at the scene.”
Giggs, of Chatsworth Road, Swinton, Salford will next appear before Manchester Crown Square Crown Court on May 26.