Sacked football pundit Peter Beagrie to appeal against assault conviction

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

The former Everton and Manchester City player was "devastated" after he was convicted of attacking Zarah Blake in Harrogate by Skipton Magistrates on Tuesday.

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."

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 his partner while angry and drunk back in April.

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