Neville Neville to contest charge

The father of Premier League and England footballers Gary and Phil Neville "strenuously denies" an allegation of sexual assault, his lawyer has said.

Neville Neville, 63, has been charged with sexually assaulting a 46-year-old woman in the early hours of March 23 in Bury, Greater Manchester.

Solicitor-advocate Simon McKay said: "I wish to state clearly that he strenuously denies the allegation. I am instructed to test the propriety of the decision to charge and Mr Neville intends to defend the allegation vehemently. Please respect the family's privacy at this difficult time."

The Crown Prosecution Service released a statement to say that Mr Neville would face a charge.

Nazir Afzal from the CPS 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 will appear at Bury and Rochdale Magistrates' Court on June 12.

As well as working as an agent for his sons, outgoing Everton captain Phil and former Manchester United captain, Gary - now an England coach and pundit, Neville Neville is a former director of League One side Bury FC.

He was also a sportsman in his own right, and played for Greenmount in the Bolton Cricket League in the 1980s.