Former Manchester United soccer player Ryan Giggs will face a retrial next year, a British judge ruled on Wednesday, after a jury was unable to rule on the charges regarding his girlfriend at the time.
Giggs, 48, has been charged with causing actual bodily harm to Kate Greville as well as controlling and coercive behavior. He also faced a charge of common assault against Greville’s sister, Emma.
Giggs, who has denied all charges, said in a statement Wednesday that he was disappointed a new trial had been ordered.
“I am confident that justice will eventually be served and my name will be cleared of all allegations,” Giggs said.
“I understand the level of interest and scrutiny in this matter, but would like to ask that my family’s privacy be respected in the weeks and months ahead.”
Judge Hilary Manley has set a trial date for July 31 next year during a hearing at Manchester Crown Court.
Giggs was replaced as Wales manager after initially stepping down at the end of 2020 due to the affair. Rob Page took over the team, which qualified for the World Cup final from Qatar in November.
Giggs made 963 appearances in 23 years for Manchester United, a club record, winning numerous honors including 13 Premier League titles and two Champions League trophies.
He represented Wales 64 times between 1991 and 2007 and took over as national coach in 2018.