Former Premier League footballer Ryan Giggs has dropped plans to ban the media from court during his forthcoming divorce proceedings.
The 43 year-old Welshman had applied for an order barring reporters but later decided to not pursue this, High Court Judge Mr Justice Cobb noted in a newly issued ruling on preliminary issues. Although reporting would now be allowed, the Judge still forbade newspapers from mentioning the names of the couple’s children or specifying the financial specifics of the divorce. But the media would be able to report in broad terms on the proceedings between Mr Giggs and his estranged wife.
Following the hearing, Mrs Giggs issued statement via her solicitor saying she had no comment on the matter and calling on the media to respect the family’s privacy “given the sensitive nature of this matter”.
“She understands that coverage of these matters has the potential to cause upset and distress, something which she is determined to avoid at all costs.”
Giggs became the most decorated player in footballing history during his career with Manchester United and his personal life was widely reported on by the tabloid press. Following his retirement in 2014 he has become involved in management and coaching.