Giggs misses training after gag order

2011-05-25 00:00

MANCHESTER — 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 centre of a gag order.

Giggs was among several United players who did not train in front of the media yesterday ahead of the Champions League final on 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 privacy case.

A judge granted an injunction preventing media from publishing allegations that the player had an affair with reality television contestant Imogen Thomas, but Giggs’s name had been spread all over the Internet and Twitter.

Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson was curt yesterday when asked about Giggs’s importance for Saturday’s game.

Ferguson said, “All the players are important to us.”

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