Ryan Giggs employs the Shaggy defence

Just when thought the Ryan Giggs revelations were over, yet more filthy gossip comes pouring out of the tabloids: the disgraced Manchester United star and his brother Rhodri have confronted each other over the elder siblings eight-year affair with the younger's wife – and flat out-denied it ever happened. In the legal profesion that's known as the Shaggy defence.

Worse than that though, is that it looks like Giggs' (Ryan) wife Stacey has chosen to believe here play-away hubbie, joining in with his denials that it ever happened. What we would like to know is what on earth is going through their minds? There's no possible reason for Natasha Giggs to make this up: what on earth would she gain from inventing an affair? Truly these are the desperate final moves of a doomed man.

'Ryan and Rhodri have finally spoken on the telephone,' said a source to The Sun. 'Let's just say it was a frank exchange of views. Ryan tried to tell Rhodri that the whole thing was rubbish and not true.

'But Rhodri snapped back, 'I don't believe a word of what you're saying to me. You're just a liar'. Rhodri went on, 'How can anyone believe what you say ever again after all this? Why would Natasha make all of this up? It doesn't make any sense. It's just pathetic to deny it'.

'Eventually Stacey grabbed the phone off Ryan and started shouting, 'Look, Rhodri, if it's not true, it's just not true. We don't believe Natasha'. She then hung up.'

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