Ryan Giggs will face a re-trial over allegations of domestic violence against his ex-girlfriend, it has been announced.
Last month jurors failed to reach verdicts in the trial of the former Manchester United and Wales footballer.
At a short hearing at Manchester Crown Court on Wednesday morning, the judge set a re-trial date of 31 July next year.
Peter Wright QC, prosecuting, told judge Hilary Manley: “We do seek a re-trial in respect of Mr Giggs.
“The matter has been considered at a senior level within the Crown Prosecution Service and also the willingness of the complainant to give evidence, although that is not determinative on the matter, has also been canvassed.
“They indicate a preparedness so to do. Consequently, we do invite you to fix a date for the retrial of this matter.”
Mr Giggs, 48, had denied controlling or coercive behaviour over a three-year period towards his ex-girlfriend Kate Greville, 38.
He also denied "losing control" and headbutting her and assaulting Ms Greville’s sister, Emma, by elbowing her in the jaw, during a row at his home in Worsley, Greater Manchester on 1 November, 2020.
Judge Manley estimated that the trial would last three or four weeks and Mr Giggs will remain on bail until then. A further pre-trial hearing was set for 3 July 2023.