Neville Neville, the 64-year-old father of former England and English Premier League stalwarts Gary and Phil Neville, was found not guilty of sexual assault on Wednesday.
The jury came to the not guilty verdict after a 75-minute deliberation at Bolton Crown Court. According to BBC, Neville mouthed "thank you" in the direction of the jury after the announcement.
A middle-aged woman had accused Neville of "forcing himself" upon her while inebriated after a night out in Bury on March 23. As per Sky Sports, Neville admitted that sexual activity had taken place between the two in the car she gave him a ride home in, but argued that the act was consensual.
Gary Neville erupted in tears after the verdict was announced.
Per the same Sky and BBC reports, the elder Neville declined extended comment, saying only, "I can't say anything right now. Maybe later." Gary Neville then guided his father away from the gathered reporters.
Neville Neville acts as agent to his two sons and was formerly the director of League One's Bury FC.