The 83-year-old has denied the charges that he molested a 9-year-old girl in 1983, fondled the breast a girl aged 16 or 17 in 1974 and kissed a 13-year-old girl on the lips in 1984.

The alleged victims have not been named for legal reasons. 

When asked if he would like to enter a plea at Preston Magistrates’ Court today, Hall replied “Yes I do. Not guilty to all three charges.”

Judge Peter Ward granted bail. Hall, who most recently worked as a football commentator for BBC Radio 5 Live, will now appear at Preston Crown Court on April 16.

Hall received an OBE from the Queen in 2012

Hall has been credited with inventing the phrase ‘the beautiful game’ in reference to football. He was awarded an OBE in 2012 for services to broadcasting and charity. 

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