Manchester United midfielder Ryan Giggs was absent from the
club’s open training session a day after being named in Parliament
as the player at the center of a gag order.
Giggs was among several United players who did not train in
front of the media on Tuesday ahead of the Champions League final
Saturday against Barcelona at Wembley.
The 37-year-old Giggs, who is married with two children, was
identified by Member of Parliament John Hemming during a House of
Commons debate on Monday as the player involved in a high-profile
A judge granted an injunction preventing media from publishing
allegations that the player had an affair with reality television
contestant Imogen Thomas, but Giggs’ name had been spread all over
the Internet and Twitter.
Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson was curt Tuesday when
asked about Giggs’ importance for Saturday’s game. He said ”all
the players are important to us.”