December hearing arranged before January trial for Ryan Giggs

Another hearing is set to take place before former Manchester United midfielder Ryan Giggs goes to trial early next year.

The Wales manager, 47, is accused of coercive and controlling behaviour against ex-girlfriend Kate Greville, 36, during a three-year period between 2017 and 2020.

Giggs denies assault and causing her actual bodily harm, plus the common assault of her sister Emma Greville.

A hearing took place on Friday at Manchester Crown Court, although Giggs was not present, as per the BBC.

Judge Hilary Manley ruled a further hearing should be held on 17 December, to deal with any outstanding matters ahead of the trial which will take place on 24 January next year.

Giggs is currently on leave from his position as manager of Wales, who he won 64 caps for as a player, and he missed the European Championships as a result.

One has to ask how long the Welsh FA will put up with this – with the trial set to drag on another few months at least.

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