Harry Maguire: I feared for my life when I was arrested in Greece


Maguire joined Manchester United from Leicester City last year for £ 80million, a world record for a defender

Manchester United defender Harry Maguire said he feared for his life when Greek police arrested him last week because he believed he was kidnapped.

The England international told BBC sports editor Dan Roan that plainclothes police officers, who did not identify themselves, stopped his group’s minibus in Mykonos, threw him off the bus, took him off the bus. punched in the legs and told him his career was over.

The 27-year-old said he tried to escape – with a handcuff – because he had no idea who the men were.

On Tuesday, Maguire was sentenced to 21 months and 10 days suspended prison sentence after his trial on the Greek island of Syros.

He was found guilty of repeated bodily harm, attempted corruption, violence against officials and insult after his arrest in Mykonos.

On Wednesday, his legal team appealed the verdict. Under Greek law, the appeal quashes Maguire’s conviction and there will be a full new trial in a higher court.

An emotional Maguire, who collapsed during the interview, said hearing the guilty verdict was “horrible” and that he “couldn’t believe it”.

The center-back, who denies punching or bribing the police, added: “I don’t feel like I owe anyone an apology.

“An apology is something when you’ve done something wrong. ”

He said: “I don’t wish that on anyone. Obviously the situation made it difficult for one of the biggest clubs in the world so I regret putting the fans and the club through this, but I didn’t do anything wrong.

“I found myself in a situation where it could have happened to anyone and anywhere. ”

Asked about the severity of his injury, Maguire said: “They hit me a lot in the legs. It wasn’t in my mind. I was in such a panic. Fear. Fear for my life. ”

Maguire said his family was in more pain than he was and his “conscience was clear.”

“I know what happened that night. I know the truth, ”he added.

“When I talk about it, I get angry, but that’s because it makes me a little angry inside. I’ll move on. I am quite strong mentally. ”

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