Ryan Giggs ‘attacked’ his lover Kate Greville when she packed her things and tried to leave his £1.7million Cheshire mansion after she accused him of cheating, her friend has claimed.
The couple had a fight after Greville accused the former Manchester United star of cheating on her with another woman, it is claimed.
It comes as it emerged the Welsh football manager will be stepping aside for the next three matches after Giggs was arrested on suspicion of actual bodily harm and assault, before being bailed on Monday.
The friend said: ‘Kate had had enough of the relationship and wanted to leave.
‘She wasn’t sure but she thought Ryan had been seeing other women.
‘They had argued after coming back from a night out. The relationship has not been great for some time.’
Giggs, who denies the allegations, was arrested by police on Sunday after officers were called to reports of a ‘disturbance’.
Ryan Giggs has been arrested on suspicion of assaulting his girlfriend Kate Greville (pictured together in 2018) at his £1.7million mansion
Former-Manchester United player and Wales manager Ryan Giggs (pictured) was arrested on suspicion of actual bodily harm and assault
The Welsh FA moved swiftly after the allegations to remove Giggs from the touchline for next week’s friendly against USA and the Nations League fixtures against Republic of Ireland and Finland that follow.
The Football Association of Wales (FAW) said in a statement: ‘The Football Association of Wales and Ryan Giggs have mutually agreed that he will not be involved in the upcoming international camp.
‘Our agreed immediate priority is preparing the team for the upcoming international matches.
‘Robert Page, with Ryan’s support, will take charge for the next three matches against the USA, Republic of Ireland and Finland supported by Albert Stuivenberg.
‘The Cymru squad for these upcoming matches will be announced on Thursday 5th November. The FAW will not be making any further comment at this current time.’
The statement followed 24 hours of frantic talks between FAW chief executive Jonathan Ford, the organisation’s legal team and other senior officials.
Police were called to Giggs’s Worsley home shortly after 10pm on Sunday following reports of ‘a disturbance’.
A woman was left with minor injuries following an alleged incident.
It is understood the 46-year-old former Manchester United star was arrested at the scene and taken into custody before being bailed on Monday. The injured woman, in her 30s, did not require hospital treatment.
Gigg’s agent announced last night: ‘He denies all allegations of assault made against him.
‘He is cooperating with the police and will continue to assist them with their ongoing investigations.’
One neighbour said: ‘I was driving home when I saw two police cars parked in the road.
‘I thought they might have been breathalysing someone and didn’t take much notice. But thinking about it, they wouldn’t have needed two cars.
‘I didn’t realise it was for Ryan Giggs until I saw it on the news this morning.’
Giggs was first linked to Kate after splitting from his wife Stacey who he divorced in December 2017
The FAW earlier cancelled a press conference set for today to announce a team line up ahead of the three upcoming matches.
Giggs took charge of Wales in 2018 and last year led his country to qualification for Euro 2020, which was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic and which is now due take place next summer.
Giggs has been with girlfriend Ms Greville on-and-off since 2017. They met in 2013 when she began handling public relations for Hotel Football – which he co-owns.
A Greater Manchester Police spokesman told The Sun: ‘Police were called at 10.05pm on Sunday to reports of a disturbance. A woman in her 30s sustained minor injuries but did not require any treatment.
‘A 46-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of section 47 assault and section 39 common assault.’
He was released on bail and was photographed leaving Pendleton police station.
In 2018, Man United legend Giggs went public with PR executive Ms Greville for the first time.
The couple were immediately linked after Giggs’ split from his wife Stacey who he divorced in December 2017.
Ryan and Stacey finalised a £40million settlement after he cheated on her with model and Big Brother star Imogen Thomas during their 10-year marriage.
His relationship with the reality TV star led to a super-injunction scandal when the married footballer successfully applied to the high court to prevent any details of the affair he’d allegedly had with her from being made public.
But MP John Hemming used parliamentary privilege to name the footballer as Giggs in a Commons debate.
The Welsh football coach also had an eight-year relationship with his brother Rhodri’s partner Natasha throughout the duration of his marriage, during which time his wife Stacey Giggs had been pregnant with their two children.
The affair was first revealed in June 2011 when Rhodri’s wife Natasha admitted to secretly sleeping with the former star winger in an interview with a Sunday paper.
She claimed she had aborted Ryan’s baby just weeks before she got married to Rhodri in Las Vegas.
The affair split the family apart, with brother Rhodri Giggs falling out with his brother and mother, who reportedly sided with Ryan after the affair.
The Wales manager apologised to his brother for the betrayal weeks after the affair was revealed, saying he ‘wasn’t thinking’, but Rhodri said the apology was just hollow words.
Giggs’ split from his wife Stacey (pictured) in 2017. The pair finalised a £40million settlement after he cheated on her during their 10-year marriage
Giggs also had an eight-year relationship with his brother (pictured right) Rhodri’s partner Natasha (left)
Rhodri revealed last year he has not spoken to his brother or mother since the episode.
He said had forgiven his older brother after several years, and saw the comedy in the situation when he appeared in an advert for bookmaker Paddy Power poking fun at the situation.
At the time Rhodri said: ‘I think he over-stepped the mark, I don’t think I did. What I did was funny, what he did was a car crash.’
Giggs made 963 appearances for United, more than any player in the club’s history, and enjoyed a decorated playing career. After that, he served as assistant manager and interim boss.
He is also is co-owner of League Two club Salford City along with his former United teammates David Beckham, Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt and the Neville brothers, Gary and Phil.