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Ryan Giggs to miss Wales' next three games after bail extended

Sam Dean
·2-min read
 Wales have cancelled a press conference scheduled for Tuesday - PA
Wales have cancelled a press conference scheduled for Tuesday - PA

Ryan Giggs will not be involved in the Wales camp for their next three international fixtures, the Football Association of Wales has confirmed, after his bail was extended until May.

Giggs was arrested on suspicion of assault in November and there are growing doubts about his long-term future as Wales manager amid turmoil at the Football Association of Wales.

The FAW has confirmed assistant manager Robert Page will take charge of the team for their next three matches, as he did at the end of last year.

The announcement comes a day after the FAW confirmed its chief executive Jonathan Ford will step down at the end of this month after a vote of no confidence.

The news last month that Giggs’ bail had been extended until May 1, only six weeks before the start of this summer’s European Championships, prompted urgent discussions within the FAW.

In a statement on Wednesday, the FAW said they and Giggs had “mutually agreed” that the 47-year-old will not be involved in the upcoming fixtures.

“Robert Page will take charge for the next three matches against Belgium, Mexico and the Czech Republic and will be supported by Albert Stuivenberg as was the case during the last international window in November,” the FAW said.

At the time of his arrest, representatives for Giggs said he denies all allegations of assault and was cooperating with police.

His ongoing absence from the team means he will miss the start of his side’s World Cup qualifying campaign. Wales face Belgium on March 24 before hosting the Czech Republic on March 30. In between those fixtures is a friendly match against Mexico.

The issue has been further complicated by Ford’s imminent departure as chief executive. The FAW’s statement about his departure did not mention a possible replacement and the association will be run by a combination of senior figures in the short term.

In the absence of Giggs, Page oversaw the national side’s promotion in the Nations League as they beat Finland in November.

Page had previously said that Giggs would only be “a phone call away” during those international fixtures, in case the coaching staff wanted his input about team or tactical matters.

After the Finland match, Page said he had spoken to Giggs “straight away” following the final whistle and added that the absent manager was “extremely proud” of his players.