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Lou Ferrara, the AP’s Managing Editor for Sports, defended Harris.

Rob was doing his job as a journalist by asking a question,” Ferrara said. “Our expectation is that he’ll ask more questions, and be afforded the ability to do so, as he covers the world’s most popular sport.”

Giggs, who is married with two children, was absent from the club’s open training session on Tuesday, one of several United players who did not train in front of the media ahead of the final at London’s Wembley Stadium.

In suburban Manchester, police said that news photographers’ cars parked outside Giggs‘ home were deliberately damaged on Tuesday afternoon. Officers “discovered at least six cars had been vandalized after a group of offenders arrived in a Ford Transit van and attacked the vehicles,” police said in a statement.