PREMIER LEAGUE – Ryan Giggs will be retried next year for domestic violence

A new judgment was expected in the domestic violence case against former Manchester United star player Ryan Giggs. During the first judgment, the verdict of which fell at the end of August after three weeks of hearings, the jurors were unable to agree on the guilt, or not, of the Welshman accused of violence against his ex-partner and the latter’s sister. Finally, he will be tried again next year, in England.

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Given the backlog in UK courts, a new trial date has been set for July 31, 2023 and is expected to last three to four weeks, the judge told a short hearing at Manchester Crown Court. Ryan Giggs will remain on parole until then. The latter had pleaded not guilty to the charges, which date back to a violent argument on November 1, 2020, when the police were called to his home. He was then arrested and later released.

According to the prosecution, Ryan Giggs violently attacked his then partner Kate Greville and her sister Emma, ​​injuring the former in the elbow and lips. In tears at the hearing, Kate Greville described the behavior « aggressive » from his companion. This 36-year-old public relations manager, who had met the former midfielder as part of his work, said that she « was madly in love with him« but that »there were clearly red flags“from the start.

The accused had assured never to have committed violence against women, evoking an involuntary shock with his ex-partner while they struggled for control of a mobile phone. At the end of the trial and after twenty hours of deliberation, the jury was unable to agree on a verdict, paving the way for this new trial for the one who won 13 Premier League titles with the Red Devils.

As a reminder, Giggs was appointed coach of the Welsh team in January 2018, which he led to the round of 16 of the last Euro last year. He resigned in June, saying he did not want the case to disrupt the team’s preparation for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar (November 20-December 18), the Welsh eleven’s fourth participation in a major competition since the World Cup. from 1958.

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