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Ryan Giggs was in attendance at Old Trafford on Saturday for the first time since he was acquitted earlier this year of charges that he assaulted his former partner.
Manchester United’s most decorated player and leading appearance maker watched the Premier League game with Bournemouth from the directors’ box on Saturday afternoon.
The former winger attended alongside other former players and was seen posing for photos with supporters and signing autographs.
Giggs, 50, had been charged with headbutting former girlfriend Kate Greville when she tried to break off their relationship on November 1, 2020.
He was also accused of using controlling and coercive behaviour towards Greville during a three-year period before the night of the alleged violence, and a separate offence of assaulting her younger sister, Emma, in the same incident.
Greville had informed the prosecution in May that she no longer wanted to give evidence because she felt “worn down” and “violated” by the process before a judge in July issued not-guilty verdicts in the three charges relating to his alleged behaviour.
That followed a three-week trial last year that ended with a jury being unable to reach a majority verdict.
Giggs denied all charges.
Giggs made 963 appearances for Manchester United and won 13 Premier League titles among more than 30 major trophies for the club.
He was also capped 64 times by Wales before a three-and-a-half year spell as manager that ended in June 2022.
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