The Wales manager is charged with causing actual bodily harm to Kate Greville, 36, and common assault of her sister Emma, as well as one count of coercive and controlling behaviour between 2017 and 2020.
Wearing a dark suit and tie, and standing behind a glass screen, the former player gave his name, address and date of birth at Manchester Magistrates’ Court on April 28. He answered not guilty to the charges.
Mr Giggs, 47, who said he looks forward to clearing his name, has been replaced as manager of the Wales team for this summer’s Euro 2020 tournament.
The assault of his then-girlfriend is alleged to have taken place at his home in Worsley, the UK, on November 2. He is accused of attacking Ms Greville’s sister Emma on the same date.
Giggs is charged with being “repeatedly or continuously engaged in behaviour which was controlling or coercive, namely, used violence, isolation, belittling, humiliation, harassment, degradation and abuse towards Kate Greville, to whom, at the time of the behaviour, you were personally connected in that you were in an intimate relationship, that behaviour having a serious effect on her, and you knew or ought to have known that the behaviour would have a serious effect on her”.
Giggs made 963 appearances over 23 years for Manchester United as a player, a club record, winning a haul of honours, including 13 Premier Leagues and two UEFA Champions Leagues.
He represented Wales as a player 64 times between 1991 and 2007 and took over as national coach in 2018.