Ryan Giggs’ trial ended without a verdict

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Ryan Giggs’ domestic violence trial ended today without a verdict: the jury failed to agree on the legendary former Manchester United player’s guilt in a process that led him to resign as Wales manager.

After three weeks of hearings in Manchester and 23 hours of deliberations over several days, Judge Hilary Manley sent jurors home to decide the charges against Giggs, who is accused at the age of 48 of violence against his ex girlfriend Kate Gerville and her sister, as well as maintaining a controlling behavior towards them.

There may be a new trial

The various parties must now discuss whether or not to call a new trial, which, if necessary, would be held for several months due to overcrowding in British courts.

Giggs pleaded not guilty to the charges, which began during a heated argument on November 1, 2020, when the police were called to his home. The former player was arrested and later released.

According to the prosecution, Giggs violently attacked Kate Greville and her sister Emma,​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Giggs has denied the allegations.

The accused claimed to have never committed violence against both women and only admitted to an accidental collision with his ex-partner while they were struggling for control of a mobile phone. He also admitted that he has been unfaithful to all his partners.

As a player, Giggs won 13 Premier League titles and two Champions League titles during his 24 seasons at Manchester United (1990-2014).

Before retiring, he temporarily took over United’s player-manager duties in the 2013-14 season following the sacking of David Moyes and then became Louis van Gaal’s second-in-command for two years on the bench at Old Trafford ( 2014-16).

Resigns as Wales manager

Giggs was appointed coach of the Welsh national team in January 2018, but after his deputy, Robert Page, was accused of gender-based violence, he took over his duties in November.

Giggs resigned definitively in June, arguing that he did not want his legal process to affect Wales’ preparations for the World Cup in Qatar.

Source: La Verdad

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