The Harry Maguire trial took a new and unexpected twist as the Manchester United captain was found guilty of aggravated assault, resisting arrest and repeated attempts of bribery by the court in Greece.
The Manchester United and England star was given a suspended prison sentence of 21 months and 10 days after being found guilty of all charges.
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Maguire was arrested on an aggravated assault and attempted bribery of an official charge on the Greek island of Mykonos last week, along with two others, after they allegedly had a disagreement and were then abusive to the police as plain-clothes police officers were at the scene.
Maguire, 27, pleaded not guilty to the charges and although he flew back to the UK from Greece last Thursday, his father and lawyers were in court as the trial began in Syros, Greece on Tuesday.
The trial ended on Tuesday and Maguire was found guilty of the charges.
Via our partners at Sky Sports in the UK some disturbing allegations have arrived against Maguire, although Sky are reporting that the charges have been downgraded to misdemeanours and not the more serious felony charges.
Firstly, Maguire and the defense allege that his sister was injected with a substance and immediately collapsed and when asked to be taken to hospital they were taken to a police station instead. The police then allege that Maguire tried to bribe the police officers, while his defense claim they stated his ‘career was over’ as they kicked him in the leg.
Here are more details from Sky on the Harry Maguire trial:
Harry Maguire was kicked in the leg by police officers who told him “your career is over”, the Manchester United captain’s lawyer has told a Greek court.
The prosecution alleged that once Maguire arrived at a police station, he said: “Do you know who I am? I am the captain of Manchester United, I am very rich, I can give you money, I can pay you, please let us go.”
Plain clothes police officers intervened to try calm the situation, but the “English men” did not, and one of the defendants said “f***, f*** the police” and one punched an officer, it was claimed.
Harry Maguire was kicked in the leg by police officers who told him "your career is over", the Manchester United captain's lawyer has told a Greek court.
— Sky Sports (@SkySports) August 25, 2020
The court had been asked to postpone proceedings over his alleged involvement in a brawl on the island of Mykonos in Greece – with his legal team claiming they did not have enough time to prepare.
But the trial went ahead against his defence team’s wishes, with his lawyer Alexis Anagnostakis telling the court in Syros that two Albanian men had approached Maguire’s sister Daisy – who fainted immediately after being injected with an unknown substance. They called for transport and asked to be driven to hospital, but were instead taken to a police department.
Gareth Southgate named Maguire in his England squad on Tuesday, as the Three Lions boss said he spoke with the center back to find out the latest details and said he backed him.
“It is clearly a decision that is not straightforward. I’ve spoken with Harry and I have the insight to the story which is very different to what is being reported,” Southgate said. “If facts change, or information changes, I have to review that decision. I have a fantastic relationship with the boy. I have no reason to doubt what he’s telling me. It is important that he knows he has my support. You always make decisions to the best of your ability given the information you have. At this moment in time that is where I am with it. Harry regrets the fact he has brought the attention to the team and has apologized for that.”
Harry’s brother Laurence Maguire is also a professional soccer player and this was his view on the allegations by Greek police.
This is crazy… anyone who knows Harry now knows this whole story is fabricated 🙈 https://t.co/5XqotKI0pk
— Laurence Maguire (@_lozmaguire) August 25, 2020