CARDIFF/MANCHESTER: Ryan Giggs has stood down temporarily as manager of Wales after having been arrested on suspicion of assaulting his girlfriend, Kate Greville, on Sunday night.

The former Manchester United player, who denies the allegations, took the decision after a meeting with Football Association of Wales chief executive Jonathan Ford.

Giggs was scheduled on Tuesday to announce his squad for matches against the United States, the Republic of Ireland and Finland but that was postponed by the FAW.

The assistant coach Robert Page, Giggs’s former international teammate, will take charge with Albert Stuivenberg, who is an assistant to Mikel Arteta at Arsenal. The squad will be announced on Thursday and the players are scheduled to meet up on Sunday evening.

“Our agreed immediate priority is preparing the team for the upcoming international matches. Robert Page, with Ryan’s support, will take charge for the next three matches against the USA, Republic of Ireland and Finland supported by Albert Stuivenberg.”

Police were said to have been called to Giggs’s home in Worsley, Greater Manchester, in response to reports of a disturbance. A spokesman for Greater Manchester police said the arrested man was released on bail pending inquiries.

He added: “Police were called at 10.05pm on Sunday to reports of a disturbance. A woman in her thirties sustained minor injuries but did not require any treatment.

“A 46-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of section 47 assault and section 39 common assault.”

A representative for Giggs said he denied the allegations and was cooperating with police.