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Giggs stands aside as Wales manager amid police investigation

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ales manager Ryan Giggs will not take charge of this month’s World Cup qualifiers.

The Manchester United legend has been on leave from the role since his arrest on suspicion of two counts of assault against his girlfriend and another person in November.

Giggs denies all charges.

Last month it was announced that the 47-year-old’s bail had been extended until May 1, leaving the Welsh FA in a difficult position regarding World Cup qualifiers against Belgium and the Czech Republic, as well as a friendly against Mexico, later this month.

In a statement on Wednesday morning, the FAW confirmed that Robert Page, who also took charge of games in November, will continue in place of the Wales manager after a mutual agreement was struck with Giggs.

A statement read: “The Football Association of Wales (FAW) and Ryan Giggs have mutually agreed that he will not be involved in the upcoming international camp.

“Robert Page will take charge for the next three matches against Belgium, Mexico and the Czech Republic and will be supported by Albert Stuivenberg as was the case during the last international window in November.

“The Cymru squad for these upcoming matches will be announced on Monday 15th March.”

A statement released on behalf of Giggs at the time of his arrest in November said: “Mr Giggs denies all allegations of assault made against him.

“He is co-operating with the police and will continue to assist them with their ongoing investigations.”


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