Manchester United captain Harry Maguire has been found guilty of aggravated assault, resisting arrest and repeated attempts of bribery of police officers and has been given a 21- month suspended sentence.
Maguire who was named in Southgate’s England squad earlier today, was involved in a fight outside a bar in Mykonos where he was enjoying a holiday with his family and friends on Thursday.
He, alongside two men one of whom was identified as his brother Joe tried to fight off the police who tried to intervene in the situation.
Maguire was reportedly heard telling the Greek police, ‘don’t you know who I am? I’m the captain of Man Utd’, before attempting to bribe officers after his bar brawl in Mykonos last week.
However, the three men were released and they arrived the UK on Sunday. But his lawyer stayed back to represent him at the court hearing on the island of Syros on Tuesday.
According to Sky Sports, Maguire’s lawyer lawyer Alexis Anagnostakis told the court that two Albanian men had approached Maguire’s sister Daisy – who fainted immediately after being injected with an unknown substance suspected to be a rape drug.
They called for transport and asked to be driven to hospital, but were instead taken to a police department.
Mr Anagnostakis alleged that Maguire was then kicked in the leg by police officers who told him: “Your career is over.”
The defence argued they were breaking away to make a phone call. But the police officer said he did not see them make one.
The 27-year-old was later found guilty of the three charges and given a suspended 21-month sentence as it was his first offence.
The lawyer who assisted the prosecution said the victims are still waiting for Maguire and his co-defendants to apologise but they are appalled by their behavior.
Manchester United have released a statement regarding the issue:
“Manchester United notes the verdict of the Greek court today. Harry Maguire pleaded not guilty to all of the misdemeanour charges made against him and he continues to strongly assert his innocence.
“It should be noted that the prosecution confirmed the charges and provided their evidence late on the day before the trial, giving the defence team minimal time to digest them and prepare. A request for the case to be adjourned was subsequently denied.
“On this basis, along with the substantial body of evidence refuting the charges, Harry Maguire’s legal team will now appeal the verdict, to allow a full and fair hearing at a later date.”
Meanwhile, Maguire has said he will be appealing the sentence.
“Following the hearing today, I have instructed my legal team with immediate effect to inform the courts we will be appealing.
“I remain strong and confident regarding our innocence in this matter – if anything myself, family and friends are the victims.”