Last updated : 07 January 2004 By Editor
Ryan Giggs told the Daily Express:

“We are all gutted for him. I'd prefer to wait and see how
his appeal goes before saying too much, but I do hope that
they are sensible when they review his ban because to me,
eight months seems ridiculous.

“The boys were stunned when we discovered how long the ban
was for, because not one of us expected it. Obviously we
showed Rio that we felt for him at the time, but in football
you have to get on with things, and that is what has
happened at Manchester United in recent weeks.

“Rio has still been playing in the big games and his form
has been tremendous, so it has been business as usual. He
has done brilliantly to play on with all this hanging over
his head. He's handling it very well.”