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Ryan Giggs resigns as Wales manager ahead of domestic violence trial with ‘immediate effect’

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Giggs has been absent from his role since November after allegations of domestic violence were made by his ex-girlfriend

The former Manchester United player resigned from his role in November 2020 after he was accused of controlling and coercing his former girlfriend Kate Greville

Ryan Giggs has announced he is stepping down as Wales manager with immediate effect.

He faces a domestic violence trial in Manchester on August 8.

In his absence, Wales caretaker manager Robert Page helped help the side secure a place at this year’s World Cup in Qatar – their first appearance at a finals since 1958.

Giggs is also accused of assaulting and actually assaulting Ms Greville, as well as jointly assaulting her younger sister Emma Greville at his home in Worsley, Greater Manchester

The former footballer has denied the allegations and has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

At the time of his arraignment, Giggs said he was “looking forward to clearing my name.”

Giggs announced his retirement in a statement, saying he had resigned as it “is only right that the Welsh FA, coaching staff and players prepare for the tournament with certainty, clarification and no speculation about their head coach’s position”. .

He added: “While I am confident in our trial, I had hoped the case would have been heard earlier so that I could resume my leadership responsibilities.

“With no fault of anyone, the case has been delayed.

“I do not want the country’s preparations for the World Cup to be compromised, destabilized or jeopardized in any way by the continued interest in this case.”

The Football Association of Wales (FAW) added: “The FAW thanks Ryan Giggs for his tenure as manager of the Cymru men’s national team and appreciates his decision, which is in the best interests of Welsh football.

“The full focus of the FAW and the Cymru men’s national team is on the FIFA World Cup in Qatar later this year.”

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