‘Giggs injunction drew media to affair’

RYAN GIGGS might have kept his alleged relationship with reality TV star Imogen Thomas private if he had not taken out an injunction to protect his privacy, the model’s publicist has claimed.

The law on injunctions has been thrown into further turmoil after the Manchester United was named as the married star at the centre of a controversial privacy case.

Liberal Democrat MP John Hemming used parliamentary privilege to name him as the Premier League footballer who took out an injunction over his relationship with Ms Thomas.

PR guru Max Clifford said Ms Thomas never had any intention of selling her story.

“She came to me because she wanted to make sure the story didn’t come out, and I told her phone Ryan Giggs and warn him that The Sun are looking into this, and knocking on your door, because if you don’t talk, and Ryan Giggs doesn’t talk, no one will know.

“And that’s the irony of it — if Ryan Giggs hadn’t taken out a super-injunction, probably we wouldn’t know what had been going on. It’s only because of that, and of course the fact that... he named Imogen, that the whole thing started down that trail that led to it coming out in parliament yesterday.

“If he hadn’t taken out a super-injunction, no one would probably have known about this relationship.”

Asked if the other 80 people with injunctions should be worried, he said: “I think all the ones I’m aware of — and that’s probably most of them — are worried, because people around them know, so with what’s going on, there’s a chance that it will come out.

“But hopefully the days of the super-injunction are numbered, because it’s only a law that protects the rich.”

Giggs was a notable absentee from Manchester United’s training ground yesterday after finding himself at the centre of a media storm.

Giggs, 37, a father of two, was not thought to have suffered an injury but was nonetheless not present at an open training session ahead of the club’s Champions League final against Barcelona at Wembley on Saturday.

His manager, Alex Ferguson, refused to directly answer questions about the midfielder. Asked about the importance of the former Wales international to his team’s chances of success, the Scotsman replied: “All the players are important to us.”

However, Giggs later played in a testimonial match against Juventus in honour of former team-mate, Gary Neville.

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