Ryan Giggs Scandal on Eve on Champions League Final

Ryan Giggs Celebrates With His Daughters

Reportedly Sir Alex Ferguson will name Ryan Giggs in his team for Saturday's Champions League final. Giggs was named in Parliament as the footballer who obtained an injunction to prevent details of an affair with Imogen Thomas being made public.

With the Champions League final just four days away the scandal poses a huge test of Giggs’s ability to stay focused to prepare to play in the climax of the season against Barcelona at Wembley on Saturday.

Club officials also refused to reply to questons on the topic because of not wanting to break the terms of the injunction.

Ferguson and club officials are understood to be deeply dismayed at the scandal and the unwanted distraction ahead of a defining game.

The 37-year-old winger was the subject of chants referring to the injunction from Blackpool fans during the game and was prominent in the title celebrations following the match, strolling around the Old Trafford pitch with team-mates accompanied by his daughters.

There has been a rash of injunctions taken out by footballers to protect revelations concerning their private lives has been a feature of the season.

Eight clubs with players affected by the issue held a summit meeting with lawyers in March.

It has not been raised at Premier League level, though there are ongoing concerns about the impact of player behaviour on the value of the brand and its rights.

Giggs, who signed a one-year contract at Old Trafford earlier this year which will take him beyond his 38th birthday in November, goes into the game with Barcelona as the most successful player in United's history, having amassed 12 league titles and two Champions Leagues among his haul of medals.

The Welshman’s 875 appearances for United since his debut in March 1991 make Giggs Man United's longest-serving player.

Giggs’s success was rewarded with the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award in 2009.

Giggs will travel with the team to London on Thursday.

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