As a result of Gary Neville’s remark, the Ryan Giggs trial was postponed, and he has now been reported to the Attorney General for contempt of court.

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Following Neville’s statement, which was delivered on the first day of hearings, the ex-Man Utd star’s trial was postponed for more than an hour.

Neville, 47, is said to be adamant that he was referring to the management of their former team, Manchester United.

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“Gary is absolutely adamant that this was not about the case, but was referring to the Glazers.

“Any suggestion otherwise is not true and he will take it very seriously.”Neville’s agent Di Law told the Daily Mail.

Giggs, 48, was on trial for allegedly headbutting Kate Greville, a 38-year-old PR executive, and using coercion to control her over a three-year period.

The Manchester Crown Court trial was postponed yesterday because the jury was unable to reach a decision.

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Judge Manley postponed the hearing on the third day of the trial to consider whether Neville’s remark was known to the jury and might have an adverse effect.

She acknowledged Tuesday that she had forwarded the case to the Attorney General Suella Braverman for review to determine whether any potential contempt of court had occurred.

What can be said publicly about whether a defendant is guilty or innocent is constrained by the Contempt of Court Act of 1981.

It prohibits anyone from unduly influencing a jury and obstructing a fair trial in a legal proceeding.

This includes demonstrating the possibility of the jurors seeing information they were not intended to see.

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Judge Manley told the court: “Both the prosecution and defence agreed with me, in the absence of any comment from the jury, and given my clear direction, the trial could properly continue.

“However, given the author is a person with a high public profile… it could be seen to be an attempt to influence ongoing criminal proceedings and could be contempt of court.

“Accordingly, I am referring the matter to the office of the Attorney General for the consideration of a potential prosecution.”

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