Ryan Giggs skips training

2011-05-24 14:21

Manchester - Manchester United midfielder Ryan Giggs was absent from the club's open training session a day after being named in Parliament as the player at the centre of a gag order.

Giggs was among several United players who did not train in front of the media on Tuesday ahead of the Champions League final on Saturday against Barcelona at Wembley.

The 37-year-old Giggs, who is married with two children, was identified by Member of Parliament John Hemming during a House of Commons debate on Monday as the player involved in a high-profile privacy case.

A judge granted an injunction preventing media from publishing allegations that the player had an affair with reality television contestant Imogen Thomas, but Giggs's name had been spread all over the Internet and Twitter.

Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson was curt on Tuesday when asked about Giggs's importance for Saturday's game. He said "all the players are important to us."


  • Romy - 2011-05-24 14:30

    looks like a sickness in Man U team - even Fergie is no saint

      PikeLee - 2011-05-24 15:45

      please elaborate.

      Graydon Meneses - 2011-05-25 09:02

      oh PUH-lease. Are YOU a saint? I don't like Giggs or United, but let's be real here... these people live a completely different life to us. If you had that much temptation around you, somehow i suspect your halo might find itself tarnished quickly enough.

  • mikedek - 2011-05-24 14:50

    Never claimed to be a perfect model. Both his children were out of wedlock and he has a record of previous affairs and romances.(Should not have got married). But then again the ladies public relations manager is the infamous Max Gifford who specializes in sensational press.Should never have got a gagging order as it serves no purpose.

      GinSA1 - 2011-05-24 14:54

      Clifford, Max Clifford

      PikeLee - 2011-05-24 15:47

      You seem to know a lot about Giggs. Please enlighten us as to his previous sins?

  • Dango - 2011-05-24 14:54

    Acc to training staff assistants Giggs doesn't play a full 90 minutes all that often because he has a very aggressive case of herpes, which often breaks out, and causes discomfort when running.

  • Harold - 2011-05-24 15:02

    Ryan's not saint, he is a Red Devil and his creativity in midfield on Saturday night is all that matters to us that "believe". GGMU

  • Rob Slater - 2011-05-24 15:10

    The Greatest Red Devil of all time... he's a legend and against Barcelona know one will even remember this "privacy" issue case when he brings home the gold.

      Lennox - 2011-05-24 15:40

      For now, I Imogen he is the "Greatest Red Faced Devil". Georgie Best holds the lable for the Greatest Red Devil of all time.

  • Ephraim Bogopa - 2011-05-24 15:19

    This idea originate from Spain, they want to frustrate United players so that Barcelona can beat man united. This time the referee is not on their side.

  • MacDaKnife - 2011-05-24 15:42

    What do you expect, all sportsmen want to compete with Tiger Woods. Anyway Alex will fume after the game on Saturday. He will blame Giggs for playing 18 hole golf instead keeping his mind on the soccer field. Well Alex is no saint, he was fondling a chick when he was in SA.

  • - 2011-05-24 15:46

    I tried downloading the sex tape but it's 11 Giggs

      Andrew Griffiths - 2011-05-24 19:47


      Graydon Meneses - 2011-05-25 09:02


  • HJS - 2011-05-24 15:50

    Quite frankly I don't give a damn about this or any other aspect of his sex life. He is simply an amazing player, has an incredible record and spent his entire career (as far as I know) at the same club, GREAT GUY. Here's hoping for a win on Saturday night.

  • PikeLee - 2011-05-24 15:50

    Let those who have never sinned cast the first stone. Giggsy, the greatest player of all time! A legend.

      Lennox - 2011-05-24 15:56

      What about Messi, Maradona, Zidane, Cruyff, Beckenbauer, Best, Pele,etc,etc. Way, Way down on the list of greatest players, even on the MU list.

  • Samurai Demo - 2011-05-24 16:44

    GREATEST PLAYER MY ASS. what has he ever achieved internationally?

  • Aribs - 2011-05-24 16:55

    Giggsy...the legend...smells like Barcelona paying the tabloids to disrupt MU preparations for the epic final on no attention chaps...GGMU...!!!

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