Wales manager Ryan Giggs has been told the date of his trial after being accused of assaulting his ex-partner.
The former Manchester United player, 47, appeared at Manchester Crown Court on Friday where he faces charges of coercive or controlling behaviour, causing actual bodily harm, and assault by beating.
The defendant, who was named manager of the national team in January 2018 on a four-year-contract, is accused of subjecting his former partner Katie Greville to “isolation, belittling, humiliation, harassment, degradation and abuse” during their relationship between September 1, 2017, and November 2, 2020.
He is also accused of assaulting Ms Greville and her sister Emma Greville following an incident at his home in Greater Manchester on November 1, 2020.
A hearing at Manchester Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, April 28, heard there was an alleged domestic assault involving a “deliberate headbutt” aggravated by the fact he was “in drink”. The court also heard there was “fear of violence on many occasions”.
On Friday Giggs was told his trial will take place on January 24 next year at Manchester Crown Court.
The defendant was unable to enter pleas to the charges as the prosecution have yet to finalise the particulars of the coercive and controlling behaviour charge. His barrister Ms Lisa Roberts QC indicated he would be pleading not guilty to all charges when arraignment takes place.
Judge Nicholas Dean QC, Recorder of Manchester, said when it came to selection of a jury panel potential jurors would need to recognise “this case has nothing to do with football or allegiances to a particular team”.
Giggs,of Worlsey, Greater Manchester, who spoke only to confirm his name, was remanded on conditional bail to appear for a plea and trial preparation at the same court on July 23.
Speaking at the earlier magistrates’ court hearing prosecution solicitor Andrea Griffiths, describing the coercive behaviour charge, said: “He isolated her from friends and colleagues, undertook incessant communication with her, subjected her to degrading treatment.
“When he didn’t get the responses he required there was a consequence and threat of violence on several occasions.
“When she did try to challenge him the defendant would pursue her incessantly and would threaten physical or professional harm against her.”
The Football Association of Wales (FAW) has announced that caretaker boss Robert Page will manage the country at this summer’s European Championship finals.
Giggs won 64 caps for Wales and had a glittering playing career with Manchester United, winning 13 Premier League titles, two Champions League trophies, four FA Cups and three League Cups. He is also a co-owner of League Two side Salford City.