Gary Neville referred to Attorney General for social media post during Ryan Giggs trial

Gary Neville referred to Attorney General for social media post during Ryan Giggs trial
Gary Neville referred to Attorney General for social media post during Ryan Giggs trial

Former Manchester United and England footballer Gary Neville has been referred to the Attorney General following a social media post during the Ryan Giggs domestic violence trial.

Judge Hilary Manley returned the job to the government’s top lawyer during a hearing at Manchester Crown Court on Wednesday, after the The Giggs lawsuit collapsed.

“The prosecution and defense agreed with me, in the absence of any jury comment, and given my clear instructions, the trial could proceed properly,” she said.

“However, since the author is a well-known person to the public, [the comment] could be considered an attempt to influence ongoing criminal proceedings and could constitute contempt of court.

“As a result, I refer the matter to the Attorney General’s office for consideration for a possible investigation.”

Neville, 47, denies that the statement in question was made in connection with the trial.

The Sky Sport pundit’s agent reportedly said the message did not refer to the trial but to the way the Glazer family run Manchester United.

Contempt of court is an offense punishable by a fine or imprisonment for up to two years.

The jury in Giggs’ trial was released on Wednesday after failing to reach a verdict on one of three charges.

The 48-year-old former Manchester United winger was appointed Wales manager in 2018 but was suspended in 2020 and resigned in June this year.

He has denied headbutting his ex-partner Kate Greville, 38, during an argument at his home in November 2020 and also denies controlling the behavior, as well as assaulting Ms Greville’s sister, Emma, ​​26 years old.

During the trial, his former manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, was among the character witnesses to testify.

The Crown Prosecution Service has seven days to decide whether to seek a new trial, which could not take place until at least June 2023.

Giggs and Neville rose through the youth ranks together at Manchester United and both spent nearly two trophy-laden decades at the club.

Along with former teammates Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt and Phil Neville, the pair bought Salford City in 2014.

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