Man United captain Harry Maguire guilty of assault, resisting arrest, repeated bribery attempts


Manchester United captain Harry Maguire has been found guilty of aggravated assault, resisting arrest and repeated attempts at bribery after his trial after an altercation with police on the Greek island of Syros.Maguire, who was released over the weekend, was not present at the trial. Conviction is expected shortly.

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United released a statement shortly after the verdict, which read:

“Manchester United takes note of the verdict of the Greek court today. Harry Maguire has pleaded not guilty to all misdemeanor charges against him and he continues to firmly assert his innocence. ”

“It should be noted that the prosecution confirmed the charges and provided their evidence late on the eve of the trial, which gave the defense team minimal time to digest and prepare. A request to adjourn the case was subsequently rejected.

“Based on this, along with the substantial body of evidence refuting the charges, Harry Maguire’s legal team will now appeal the verdict, to allow for a full and fair hearing at a later date.

In another statement released to Rob Dawson of ESPN by United, Harry Maguire was quoted as saying: “Following today’s hearing, I have asked my legal team with immediate effect to notify the courts that we will appeal.

“I remain strong and confident of our innocence in this matter – if anything, myself, my family and my friends are the victims.”

Maguire has been named to the squad for England’s double Nations League title against Iceland and Denmark next month.

England coach Gareth Southgate had backed Maguire ahead of Tuesday’s guilty verdict.

“This is clearly a decision that is not straightforward and a decision I could only make on the information I have,” Southgate said. “I spoke to Harry and got a glimpse of the story, which is very different from what is reported.

“You can only make decisions on the facts of which you are aware. If the information ultimately changes, I will have to reconsider this decision. ”

Maguire had been on vacation in Mykonos since United’s season ended with a 2-1 loss to Sevilla in the Europa League semi-finals earlier this month.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.


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