Gary Neville's dad arrested on suspicion of indecent assault hours before England coach takes on Montenegro in World Cup crunch tie
15:54 GMT, 26 March 2013
16:17 GMT, 26 March 2013
The father of former Manchester United and England stars Gary and Phil Neville has been arrested on suspicion of indecent assault.
It is understood that Neville Neville was arrested by Greater Manchester Police following an alleged incident in his home town of Bury in the early hours of Saturday morning.
The arrest comes only hours before Neville's son Gary – No 2 to England coach Roy Hodgson – will play a key role in helping England prepare to face Montenegro in their crunch World Cup qualifying tie against the group leaders at Podgorica.
Bailed: Neville Neville (L) has been bailed by Greater Manchester Police until May pending further enquiries
Party time: Neville Neville, father of Gary and Phil, leads the songs at party for England players' families at the 2006 World Cup in Baden-Baden, Germany
A brief statement released by GMP today
said: 'Police are investigating a sexual assault which happened in early
hours of 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 until May
pending further enquiries. Enquiries are on going.'
Neville Snr is a well-known figure on
the football scene in the north west, having served as a director at
Bury FC in the past and having also represented the professional
interests of both sons.
Phil is still playing at Everton
while Gary has gone on to make a name for himself as a respected Sky
pundit and newspaper columnist for the Mail on Sunday since retiring from the game two years ago.
More to follow…
Arrested: Neville Neville, the father of Gary and Phil, has been arrested on suspicion of indecent assault
Family: Neville Neville is the father of England coach Gary and Everton midfielder Phil (R)
Distraction: Son Gary is away on international duty as part of England's coaching staff for their World Cup qualifier against Montenegro