Ryan Giggs steps out in sportswear for a Christmas shopping trip in Manchester – ahead of facing trial for ‘controlling and coercing his ex’
Ryan Giggs, 48, cut a casual figure as he stepped out in sportswear to do a spot of Christmas shopping in Manchester on Tuesday.
The former Manchester United star made some purchases from Coggles while sporting a comfortable fleece and a salt and pepper beard.
His outing comes amid legal woes, as he is due to stand trial on January 24 2022 after being accused of controlling and coercing his ex-girlfriend Kate Greville.
Low-key: Ryan Giggs, 48, cut a casual figure as he stepped out in sportswear to do a spot of Christmas shopping in Manchester on Tuesday
Ryan wore a black zip-up jacket and cotton jogging bottoms, which he teamed with a box-fresh pair of white Nike trainers.
He carried a bag full of shopping in one hand as he strolled along the high-street.
At the end of July, a court heard that Ryan allegedly kicked his former girlfriend Kate Greville, 36, in the back before throwing her out of a five-star hotel bedroom naked after she accused him of flirting with other women.
Ryan is also accused of head-butting Kate and controlling and coercive behaviour against her lasting more than three years.
Sporty: Ryan wore a black zip-up jacket and cotton jogging bottoms, which he teamed with a box-fresh pair of white Nike trainers
He allegedly assaulted his former lover and caused her actual bodily harm at his home in, Worsley, Greater Manchester, on November 1 last year.
The Welsh football coach is also charged with common assault by beating against Ms Grenville’s sister Emma Greville during the same incident at his home.
Manchester Crown Court heard the alleged controlling or coercive behaviour took place between August 2017 and November 2020 the details of which were set out by prosecutor Tim Evans.
Charges: At the end of July, a court heard that Ryan allegedly kicked his former girlfriend in the back before throwing her out of a five-star hotel bedroom naked
Ryan, who denies all three charges, spoke only to confirm his name and enter not guilty pleas from the dock during the 33-minute hearing.
Lisa Roberts QC, defending, said: ‘These are serious allegations each of which is challenged.’ The court also heard that there’s an ongoing civil case involving ownership of the couple’s dog.
At an earlier hearing at Manchester Magistrates’ Court, prosecutor Andrea Griffiths said the assault charge against Kate was an alleged domestic assault involving a ‘deliberate headbutt’ aggravated by the fact Giggs was ‘in drink’.
He was charged with offences in April and he issued a statement at the time, saying: ‘I have full respect for the due process of law and understand the seriousness of the allegations. I will plead not guilty in court and look forward to clearing my name.’
The Football Association of Wales (FAW) later announced it had noted the decision of The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) to charged Giggs and caretaker boss Robert Page would manage the country at the European Championship finals.
The former Manchester United midfielder was bailed and appeared at a pre-trial hearing on October 8. His conditions of bail are that he must not contact Kate or Emma Greville or go to any address where they are.
Work: The former winger won 64 caps for Wales and had a glittering playing career with Manchester United, winning 13 Premier League titles, two Champions Leagues, four FA Cups and three League Cups