Giggs consented to the order being lifted after thousands of Twitter users identified his as one of a string of celebrities using injunctions to stop the media reporting stories deemed by the court to be private.

Giggs took out the injunction in April to prevent The Sun from publishing claims he had an extra-martial affair with Big Brother contestant turned glamour model Imogen Thomas.

Giggs was eventually named by Lib Dem MP John Hemming in parliament using parliamentary privilage to avoid prosecution.

Giggs’ counsel, Hugh Tomlinson QC, said the football had endured  “large scale breaches of the order by malign individuals”.

“The claimant’s name is in the public domain contrary to court orders,

“The claimant has consented to the removal of the anonymity order completely.”

The Manchester United footballer is seeking damages against The Sun for mishandling private information, and a further injunction to prevent them printing other claims regarding his private life.

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