Ex-Manchester United star Ryan Giggs set to go on trial for assault
Former Manchester United star Ryan Giggs arrives at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court, in Manchester, England, Monday Aug. 8, 2022. Giggs is set to go on trial Monday on charges of assault and use of coercive behavior against a former girlfriend. (Danny Lawson/PA via AP)

LONDON (AP) — Former Manchester United star Ryan Giggs is set to go on trial Monday on charges of assault and use of coercive behaviour against a former girlfriend.

Giggs, 48, is accused of assaulting Kate Greville, 36, causing her actual bodily harm at his home in Worsley, greater Manchester on November 1, 2020. He is also charged with common assault of her younger sister, Emma Greville, during the same incident.

Giggs is also charged with using controlling and coercive behaviour against his former girlfriend between August 2017 and November 2020. His trial in Manchester is expected to last up to 10 days.

Giggs has denied all charges but stood down as the manager of the Wales national team, saying he did not want to jeopardize preparations ahead of the World Cup in Qatar later this year.

He was originally scheduled to face trial in January, but the case was delayed due to a court backlog made worse by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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