Gary Neville referred to attorney general for potential contempt of court during Ryan Giggs trial | UK News
Former Manchester United and England footballer Gary Neville was mentioned to the attorney general in a social media post during Ryan Giggs’ domestic abuse trial.
Judge Hilary Manley addressed the court’s potential contempt for the government’s top lawyer during Wednesday’s hearing at Manchester Crown Court, after Giggs test crashed.
“Both the prosecution and the defense agree with me that, in the absence of any comment from the jury, and given my clear direction, the trial may reasonably proceed. “, she said.
“However, the author is a person with a high public profile, [the comment] may be seen as an attempt to influence ongoing criminal proceedings and may result in contempt of court.
“Accordingly, I am referring this matter to the attorney general’s office for consideration of a potential investigation.”
Neville, 47, denied claims made in connection with the trial.
A representative for the Sky Sport pundit reported that the post did not refer to the trial but to how the Glazer family is running Manchester United.
Contempt of court is an offense punishable by a fine or up to two years in prison.
The jury in Giggs’ trial was dismissed on Wednesday after failing to reach a verdict on any of the three counts.
The former Manchester United winger, 48, was appointed Wales manager in 2018, but was suspended in 2020 and resigned in June this year.
He has denied head-butting his ex-partner Kate Greville, 38, during a melee at his home in November 2020 and also denied controlling behavior, as well as assaulting Emma, 26 years old, sister of Greville.
During the trial, his former manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, is one of the witness to give evidence.
The Crown Prosecution Service has seven days to decide whether to apply for a retrial, which won’t happen until at least June 2023.
Giggs and Neville spent the youth levels together at Manchester United and both spent nearly two title-laden decades at the club.
Along with former teammates Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt and Phil Neville, the pair bought Salford City in 2014.