Phil Neville says ‘just battered the wife’ tweet referred to table tennis game

• England women’s manager explains context of ‘wrong’ comments
• ‘They are not a reflection on my true character’

Phil Neville said he was not making light of domestic violence but referring to a game of table tennis when he wrote on Twitter that he had just “battered” his wife.

The former Manchester United defender was speaking at his unveiling as England women’s team manager and said he regretted his choice of words in a series of sexist tweets posted in 2011 and 2012.

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