Former Manchester United midfielder Ryan Giggs could face up to five years in prison after he was charged with assaulting two women and coercive control.
Police were called to the 47-year-old's home in Worsley, Greater Manchester, in early November following an alleged bust-up with his ex-girlfriend Kate Greville, and he was later released on bail.
But on Friday, the Crown Prosecution Service confirmed the Welshman had been charged with assault and coercive control against Greville.
The "second woman" referred to is believed to be a friend.
And as reported by The Sun, coercive or controlling behaviour carries a maximum sentence of five years behind bars.
It is defined by law as: "An act or a pattern of acts of assault, threats, humiliation and intimidation or other abuse that is used to harm, punish, or frighten a victim."
Giggs is currently serving as Wales manager, but it has been announced he will not be taking charge in this summer's European Championships, with Robert Page taking temporary charge.
Giggs, meanwhile, has pleaded his innocence, and said in a statement: "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. I would like to wish Robert Page, the coaching staff, players and supporters every success at the Euros this summer."
The Crown Prosecution Service said on Friday: “We have authorised Greater Manchester Police to charge Ryan Giggs with engaging in behaviour which was controlling or coercive and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
“A charge of assault by beating relating to a second woman has also been authorised.
“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.”
Giggs will appear at Manchester and Salford Magistrates' Court on Wednesday 28th April.
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