Ryan Giggs breaks down in court describing night in cell as ‘worst experience’

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Peter Kavinsky

Former Manchester United footballer Ryan Giggs broke down in court as he described his night in a police cell as “the worst experience of my life”.

The 48-year-old said he was taken to Pendleton Police Station after being arrested on suspicion of assaulting his ex-partner on November 1, 2020.

The former Wales manager told the jury at Manchester Crown Court that the incident was a “sort of tug of war” in which he and Kate Greville “clashed heads” after he tried to take her phone.

Asked by his lawyer Chris Daw QC about how he got involved with the police when they arrived at his home in Worsley, Greater Manchester, Giggs said: “Just answered their questions.”

Describing his emotional state at the time, he said: “I was scared. I’ve never been in this position before, so scared.”

I was scared. I’ve never been in this position before, so scared

Ryan Giggs

Giggs confirmed he was arrested, taken to the police station and spent the night in a cell.

He then burst into tears as he said it was the “worst experience of my life”.

Giggs told the court he barely slept that night and spoke to a lawyer for the first time the next day.

The defendant told jurors he would never head-butt Greville, telling the court that he and his ex-girlfriend “totally lost their balance because we slipped in the shopping bags.”

Earlier on Wednesday, Giggs told the court about the “rough” sex life he had with Greville.

He is on trial for assaulting the 38-year-old and his younger sister Emma Greville, 26, at their home. He is also accused of using controlling and coercive behavior against his ex.

Ryan Giggs arriving at Manchester Crown Court (Peter Byrne/PA)

(PA wire)

Speaking about the incident at his home, Giggs said: “I was frustrated that Kate didn’t give me my phone back so I tried to get her phone.

“When I go to get the phone, I’m facing the locker room door and Kate has her back to that door. We both slipped into our suitcases and I landed on top of Kate in the locker room.

Daw asked, “Was that deliberate on your part?”

Giggs replied, “No, we just totally lost our balance because we slipped on the shopping bags.

“My head was at the height of her waist. Then Kate started kicking me in the head.”

“Did you do anything physical?” Mr. Daw asked.

Giggs said: “No, as soon as we were on the ground, I was just protecting my head. After those six, seven kicks to the head, I just got up and we went our separate ways.”

He said he didn’t see Emma Greville when the fight took place.

Ryan Giggs testifies at Manchester Crown Court (Elizabeth Cook/PA)

(PA wire)

Daw asked, “Did you deliberately elbow Emma?” and Giggs replied, “No.”

The former Wales manager said he later found his phone on a windowsill near the front door.

Daw asked, “Were they (the sisters) showing signs that they were willing to leave?”

Giggs replied, “Not really, no. Mac (Giggs’ dog) was still running.”

He said he later discovered Kate Greville’s phone in the pantry and put it in his pants pocket, adding: “It was an eye for an eye. If she was going to take my number, I was going to take her number.

“She said she wanted her phone back and I said I wouldn’t return it.

“Stupidly I stayed on her phone. So Kate kind of grabbed my wrist while my hand was in my pocket and led me over to the fridge.

“I wasn’t resisting. We walked all over the kitchen island.”

Kate got more aggressive because she didn’t like taking my wrist out of my pocket

Ryan Giggs

Daw asked, “How far have you two gotten around the island?”

Giggs replied, “All the way to the dining room table and chairs. Kate then stopped because her back was against the chair and table.

“The tugs got a little more aggressive… we were facing each other, it was a kind of tug of war and then we bumped heads.

“It happened very fast. I felt my lips against hers.”

Daw asked, “What was her reaction?”

Giggs said: “I could clearly see that she had been injured. She just fell backwards, more towards the table.”

“Who was becoming more aggressive?” Mr. Daw asked.

Giggs said: “Kate got more aggressive because she wasn’t enjoying taking my wrist out of my pocket.”

“Did she (Kate Greville) say anything at that moment?”


“Did she say anything after that to say what had happened?”

Former Manchester United footballer Ryan Giggs arrives at Manchester Crown Court (Peter Byrne/PA)

(PA wire)

“She accused me of hitting her in the face. She accused me of head-butting her.”

“Did you ever put your hands on Kate’s shoulders and forcefully and deliberately headbutt her in the face?”

“No I did not.”

“Would you do such a thing?”


Emma Greville then dialed 999, the court heard.

Daw asked Giggs how he felt about the implications of being accused in this way.

Giggs said: “Confused, scared. Because now it felt like a completely different situation. I was scared.”

The defendant denies wrongdoing and the trial continues.

Peter Kavinsky

Peter Kavinsky is the Executive Editor at cablefreetv.org

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