The jury in the trial of former Manchester United winger Ryan Giggs was released on Wednesday after failing to reach a verdict on charges of assault and controlling behavior towards his ex-girlfriend.
Giggs, 48, was facing charges of causing bodily harm to Kate Greville, as well as controlling and coercive behavior. He was also facing a charge of assaulting Greville’s sister, Emma.
The jury, made up of seven women and four men, told the judge that they had been unable to reach a verdict after a trial that lasted more than three weeks. The Prosecutor’s Office now has seven days to decide whether to proceed to a new trial.
Judge Hilary Manley told Giggs that any new trial may not take place until June of next year. The former soccer player has been released on bail until a decision is made on the process.
Giggs had pleaded not guilty to the charges, and his defense said the allegations were “based on distortion, exaggeration and lies.” The former United player was arrested and released on bail in November 2020.
Peter Wright, attorney for the prosecution, said the case involved “a litany of abuse … of a woman he professed to love.” “The systematic and sometimes violent abuse of a woman is what this case is about.”
The prosecutor described an incident in which Giggs head-butted Greville and “deliberately elbowed” his sister.
Giggs’ defense said “not once did he use unlawful violence against Kate Greville.”
Giggs made 963 appearances over 23 years for Manchester United, a club record, and won many titles, including 13 Premier League crowns and two Champions League trophies. He represented Wales 64 times between 1991 and 2007 and took over as national team manager in 2018.
Giggs was replaced as Wales manager after stepping aside at the end of 2020 due to the case.