Jurors in the trial of former Wales manager Ryan Giggs have been asked if they have any personal connection to a series of people who may feature in the trial.

The former Manchester United star is on trial accused of assaulting and controlling his ex-girlfriend.

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Judge Hilary Manley told a panel of potential jurors, before the 12 to hear the case were selected, they should have no personal or professional connection to anyone involved in the trial.

The list included former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson and Giggs' former teammate Gary Neville.

The judge said: “The defendant in this trial is Ryan Giggs. You may well have heard of him, what I need to ensure is you do not know him personally.”

The 48-year-old was surrounded by a scrum of press photographers and TV camera crews when he arrived at Minshull Street Crown Court in Manchester with his legal team and accompanied by four family members.

Later, Giggs, wearing a dark suit, white shirt and tie, stood in the dock and identified himself to the clerk as the judge came into court shortly before 11am.

A jury to hear the trial will be selected later before the trial begins with the prosecution opening by Peter Wright QC.

Some 30 reporters filled the public gallery for the start of proceedings, with more watching remotely on a video link.

Giggs is accused of using controlling and coercive behaviour against Kate Greville, 36, between August 2017 and November 2020.

Ryan Giggs court caseRyan Giggs arrives at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court (Danny Lawson/PA)

He is also charged with assaulting Ms Greville, causing her actual bodily harm, and of the common assault of her younger sister, Emma Greville, at his home in Worsley, Greater Manchester, on November 1 2020.

He has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

The trial, before Judge Hilary Manley, is estimated to last up to 10 days.

Giggs was initially set to face trial in January but the hearing was put back because of the ongoing backlog of court cases exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Giggs stood down in June as manager of the Wales national team following a period of leave since November 2020.

Ryan Giggs court caseRyan Giggs was surrounded by a scrum of press photographers and TV camera crews (Danny Lawson/PA)

In a statement, he said he did not want the country’s preparations for this year’s World Cup in Qatar to be “affected, destabilised or jeopardised in any way by the continued interest around this case”.