Saturday 25 November 2017

Father of Neville footballers arrested for sexual assault

Chris Bascombe

The father of former England footballers Gary and Phil Neville has been arrested on suspicion of indecent assault.

Neville Neville was questioned by Greater Manchester Police as part of an investigation into an alleged sexual assault in Bury in the early hours of Saturday.

Police said the 63-year-old, who was arrested on Sunday, has since been bailed pending further inquiries.

Both Gary and Phil have been working with their respective international teams in the last few days. Gary is assisting Roy Hodgson with the senior England squad while Phil has joined the under 21 set-up.

Their father also acts as their agent, with Gary now established as the leading TV pundit among ex-players while Phil is Everton's club captain.

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Neville Neville is also a former director of Bury Football Club.

Confirming an arrest, a police spokeswoman said: "Police are investigating a sexual assault which happened in the early hours of Saturday, March 23, in the North Manor area of Bury.

"A 63-year-old man from Bury was arrested on suspicion of indecent assault and has been bailed till May pending further inquiries."

Neville Neville is also a former league cricketer and while still at Bury he was praised for his efforts in spearheading a campaign to save the club from administration.

His wife, Jill, was the club's company secretary and has received the Freedom of Bury in recognition of her service to the club.

Irish Independent

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