Ryan Giggs's wife stands by him over alleged affair by Martin Fricker, Daily Mirror 26/05/2011 Decrease font size Increase font size Ryan Giggs and his wife Stacey Cooke (Pic: PA) LOVE-RAT Ryan Giggs has been given an amazing team talk – by the loyal wife he betrayed. Just days before he and his Man United teammates take on Barcelona in the Champions League final, heartbroken Stacey Cooke told him: "Go out there and play the game of your life." A source revealed last night: "Stacey knows this could well be his last big European night and wants him to do himself proud. "She realises what it means to him. He lives and breathes United and this is his biggest game of the season, if not his whole career." Stacey, 32, is still said to be devastated over the scandal surrounding the football legend and Big Brother beauty Imogen Thomas. But the mum of two is prepared to try to patch up their four-year marriage. Giggs, 37, has admitted he was a "fool" for cheating on her. A source close to the star said: "He wishes it had never happened. If he could turn the clock back he would. "He's relieved Stacey has agreed to give him another chance. The last thing he wanted to do was hurt her." Giggs told friends he only took out the ill-fated injunction to gag the press in a desperate bid to protect his two young children, aged seven and four. He was said to be devastated when the affair became public knowledge earlier this week. Stacey already knew about the alleged fling after he confessed all shortly before obtaining a High Court gagging order. The couple hoped it would remain secret. But Giggs was named on Twitter and eventually outed by Lib Dem MP John Hemmings in the Commons on Monday. The Premier League ace told friends he is sorry he ever set eyes on 28-year-old Imogen – but defended taking out the injunction. One insider said: "Ryan knows he's been a fool and has said so. He's not proud of what happened. He regrets ever meeting Imogen and wishes he hadn't go involved with her. He knows it was a huge mistake. "Ryan loves Stacey and hates the fact he has upset her. He said it was a moment of madness that spiralled out of control. But he doesn't regret taking out the injunction because, at the end of the day, he did it to protect the things most dear to him – his children. "They mean everything to him and he would do anything to keep them out of the limelight. He wasn't trying to protect his reputation or hide what he had done from his wife, it was all about the kids." Giggs allegedly bedded Imogen for six months, even sneaking the model into United's team hotel before top matches for two hours at a time. Stacey is reported to have torn off her wedding ring and flung it at him in a blazing row earlier this week. But just 24 hours later the pair sat down for an emotional heart-to-heart. Giggs is said to have promised he would never cheat on her again as he begged for one last chance. Stacey, who is expected to join the other United WAGs at Wembley on Saturday, finally agreed – but warned she would leave him if he ever plays away from home again. A source said: "She was hurt – who wouldn't be? She knew about the injunction and agreed it was the right thing to do to protect the kids. "She was upset because Ryan assured her his name would not come out, but it did. They had a clear-the-air meeting and agreed to stay together because they love each other very much. But she's made it clear that it must never happen again." A pal of Stacey added: "She's right behind Ryan for Saturday's big game. She knows a win would be the perfect swan song to his career and will be there cheering him on." Imogen, who is still subject to the gagging order, met with lawyers yesterday to try to lift the injunction so she can tell her side of the story. As part of her court appeal, the Welsh model has written a "warts and all" account of what happened between her and Giggs, including details of text messages and the times and places they met. Her publicist Max Clifford said: "She is trying to correct a lot of things that have been wrongly said about her."