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Neville Neville, Father Of Gary And Phil, Charged With Sexual Assault

20/05/2013 10:29 BST | Updated 20/05/2013 10:41 BST

Neville Neville, the father of footballers Gary and Phil, is to be charged with sexual assault, the Crown Prosecution Service said today.

The 63-year-old is accused of sexually assaulting a 46-year-old woman in March.

Neville was arrested in March by police investigating the alleged assault in the Greenmount area of Bury. It is claimed to have taken place in the early hours of March 23.

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Neville Neville at the 2006 World Cup in Germany

Nazir Afzal, Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS North West, said:

"Greater Manchester Police has investigated an allegation of sexual assault by Neville Neville in March 2013. I have reviewed all the evidence that they have gathered and have authorised the police to charge him with one count of sexual assault by penetration against a 46-year-old woman.

"He has been bailed to appear at Bury and Rochdale Magistrates' Court on 12 June 2013.

"This decision is made in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors. I have concluded that there is sufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction and that it is in the public interest to prosecute this case.

"With criminal proceedings now underway, I would like to stress the importance of nothing being placed in the public domain that could prejudice a future trial. For these reasons, we will not be commenting further about the case at this time."

Mr Neville is the former commercial director and commercial manager of Bury Football Club.

A former professional cricketer and football director, Neville is his both his sons' agent.

Gary is Sky Sports' premier football pundit and part of Roy Hodgson's England coaching staff while Phil, who recently left Everton after eight years, will join Stuart Pearce's England Under-21 set-up at the European Championship in Israel next month.