CARDIFF: Rob Page will manage Wales at the European Championship finals in June and July after manager Ryan Giggs was charged with assaulting two women and controlling or coercive behaviour.
A Crown Prosecution Service spokesperson said former Manchester United winger Giggs will appear at Manchester and Salford Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday April 28.
Subsequently the Football Association of Wales confirmed the upgrading of the role of Page, who had been in caretaker charge for the opening World Cup qualifying ties.
An FAW statement said: “The Football Association of Wales has noted the decision of The Crown Prosecution Service to proceed with charging Ryan Giggs, the men’s national team manager.
“An FAW board meeting will be convened to discuss these developments and its impact on the association and the national team. The FAW will not be making any further comment at this current time.”
“The CPS made the decision to charge Mr Giggs after reviewing a file of evidence from Greater Manchester Police. Criminal proceedings are active and nothing should be published that could jeopardise the defendant’s right to a fair trial.”
Greater Manchester Police said Giggs was charged with assault causing actual bodily harm against a woman in her 30s and the common assault of a woman in her 20s.
Both charges relate to an incident on November 1 last year, which is understood to have happened at Giggs’ home in Worsley near Salford. The older woman was treated for injuries at the scene.
Giggs has been released on bail ahead of the court appearance.
The 47-year-old issued his own statement after being charged, saying: “I have full respect for the due process of law and understand the seriousness of the allegations. I will plead not guilty in court and look forward to clearing my name.”
He added: “I would like to wish Robert Page, the coaching staff, the players and the supporters every success at the Euros this summer.”