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Football pundit Beagrie says he'll fight assault conviction

Sacked football pundit Peter Beagrie has said he will appeal against his conviction for assaulting his partner.

The former Everton, Manchester City and Wigan Athletic player was "devastated" after he was convicted of attacking Zarah Blake by Skipton Magistrates.

In a statement, Beagrie, 51, said: "I am innocent, something I have maintained from the outset, that is why the verdict was so devastating.

"I will be appealing."

Beagrie was sacked by Sky Credit: PA Pictures

In his statement, he said he was still with his partner, adding: "This has been an upsetting and traumatic time for us and we both feel there is no other alternative but to appeal."

Sky Sports sacked the football pundit following his conviction.

The court heard he punched Ms Blake while angry and drunk in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, in April.

He was sentenced to a 12-month community order and 15 days' rehabilitation.