Father of former England footballers Phil and Gary Neville arrested over "sex attack on woman in car"


Father of former England footballers Phil and Gary Neville arrested over 'sex attack on woman in car'
Neville Neville, 63, arrested on Sunday after alleged incident on SaturdayFormer director of Bury FC, married Mr Neville has been bailed until MayArrest is a blow to footballer sons with Gary working for England ahead of tonight's clash with Montenegro

By
Harriet Arkell

PUBLISHED:

15:57 GMT, 26 March 2013

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UPDATED:

00:00 GMT, 27 March 2013

The father of footballers Gary and Phil Neville has been arrested on suspicion of indecent assault, it emerged today.

Neville Neville, 63, was arrested and bailed until May while police investigate the alleged incident which happened in Bury, on the outskirts of Manchester, in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Mr Neville is the father of former Manchester United captain Gary, 38, Everton captain, Phil, 36, and his twin sister, England netball international, Tracey, 36.

Neville Neville, left, with son Gary Neville, was arrested at the weekend following allegations of a sexual assault on Saturday

Neville Neville, left, with son Gary Neville, was arrested at the weekend following allegations of a sexual assault

Neville Neville at a dinner during the Fifa World Cup 2006, with a woman who is not involved in the allegations

Neville Neville at a dinner during the Fifa World Cup 2006, with a woman who is not involved in the allegations

The alleged victim is understood to be a woman in her 40s.

The news about his father has come as a shocking blow to Gary Neville, who is working with England ahead of tonight's vital clash with Montenegro.

Phil is still playing at Everton and working with the England under-21s 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.

Their father, a former league cricketer, football agent and director, lives in Bury with wife, Jill, 61, and is understood to have been arrested on Sunday.

A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police told MailOnline: 'Police
are investigating a sexual assault which happened in the early hours of
Saturday 23 March 2013 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.

'Inquiries are ongoing.'


Neville Neville, pictured here at a football dinner in Baden-Baden, has lent his name to a popular football chant

Neville Neville, pictured here at a football dinner in Baden-Baden, has lent his name to a popular football chant

Mr Neville played cricket for Greenmount Cricket Club in the Bolton Cricket League league during the 1980s before becoming the director of Bury football club.

He also acts as agent for his footballer sons, representing both during contract talks with their clubs and after Euro 2004, he arranged new contracts with Manchester United following negotiations with United's executive David Gill.

Mrs Neville is General Manager and
Club Secretary of Bury football club, and last year she received the
Freedom of Bury in recognition of her service to the club.

During
his tenure at Bury, Mr Neville spearheaded the club's 'Save Our
Shakers' campaign which raised money for the club after it went into
administration.

As a result, he is seen as a local hero by many in his
home town.

Mr Neville's name is part of what has
been called 'one of the best chants in football' and his name is
regularly chanted out on the terraces to the tune of David Bowie's
iconic hit Rebel Rebel.

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Phil Neville

Neville Neville has acted as agent for both his footballer sons Gary, 38, left, and Phil, 36, right

As director of Bury Football Club, Neville Neville was praised for his efforts in campaigning to save the club from going into administration

As director of Bury Football Club, Neville Neville was praised for his efforts in campaigning to save the club from going into administration

Footballing brothers Phil and Gary Neville, seen here in Zagreb in 2006, are part of a sporting family

Footballing brothers Phil and Gary Neville, seen here in Zagreb in 2006, are part of a sporting family