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Giggs hits back at criticism of James comments

Ryan Giggs has responded to criticism from brain injury charity Headway over comments he made about Daniel James last month.

Giggs was speaking after James took a blow to the head during Wales’ Euro 2020 qualifier against Croatia last month when he commended the United winger for being ‘streetwise’ in staying down after the collision.

Headway chief executive Peter McCabe would later say:

“Ryan Giggs’ claim that the player was being ‘streetwise’ by staying down and appearing to have been knocked out is shocking.

“If that is the case and James was acting, it raises serious questions about the player’s understanding of the seriousness of concussion.”

However, Giggs has hit back ahead of the upcoming international break, saying:

“An organisation like that, not having faith in our medical department which is outstanding, which brought Joe Allen out of a game, in a huge game… nothing gets said about that, the easy target is Dan James because he plays for Manchester United. Because it creates headlines.

“I was quite surprised that they didn’t mention Ethan (Ampadu) who did come off with a head injury [in the same game].

“I want to talk about football, I am a football manager and we’ve just put on two great performances, I felt, unlucky in Slovakia and the maturity we showed to come back from 1-0 down against Croatia.”

Read more from Giggs here.




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