Manchester United captain, who has been named in Gareth Southgate’s latest England squad, had pleaded not guilty to charges
Harry Maguire has been found guilty of aggravated assault, resisting arrest and repeated attempts of bribery.
The England and Manchester United defender, 27, was convicted of all the charges against him by a court on the island of Syros.
He was arrested with his brother and a friend after a fight broke out while he was on holiday in Mykonos over claims his sister was injected with a suspected “rape drug”.
The court had been asked to postpone proceedings over the incident, which happened last Thursday during a family getaway.
But the trial went ahead in the absence of all three defendants – Maguire, his brother Joe and their friend Christopher Sharman.
Speaking after the verdict, the lawyer who assisted the prosecution told Sky News the victims are still waiting for an apology.
He said: “When you’re a sportsman and a role model you have to accept what you’ve done and say sorry.
“Until today, we haven’t had that – they have said it’s all the fault of the policeman.
“This was not accepted by the court. The victims and the policeman were assaulted. The only thing they want is an apology.”
He said the victims were “totally appalled” by Maguire and his co-defendants’ behaviour.
The prosecution alleged that once Maguire, who has been named in Gareth Southgate’s latest England squad despite the ongoing court case, 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.
The trial went ahead against the wishes of Maguire’s defence team, 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.
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 court heard one officer received first aid while trying to make an arrest, because Maguire got angry when he realised he was handcuffed and tried to break away.
The officer who handcuffed Maguire said the footballer pushed him hard, causing him to fall backwards and hurt his back and suffer a leg injury. He said he was injected with painkillers and took the next day off to recover.
A third police officer gave a similar account of events in court.
Earlier, Mr Anagnostakis said the list of charges was finalised on Monday, so he only received a hard copy of the file on Tuesday morning – two hours before the trial.
Maguire, who was not present in court, pleaded not guilty, denying charges of aggravated assault and attempted bribery of an official.
Southgate to consult with FA bosses and Maguire
Sky Sports News reporter Rob Dorsett…
Gareth Southgate will take some time to consider how he will respond to Maguire’s guilty verdict in Greece and will consult with his bosses at the FA and the Manchester United captain himself before deciding on a course of action.
It is now a distinct possibility that Maguire could be dropped from the England squad for the upcoming Nations League games against Iceland and Denmark.
Southgate included Maguire in his squad of 24, and said in his news conference earlier on Tuesday that, while he is fully supportive of Maguire and believes his version of events, he reserved the right to come to a different decision in the light of any new information.
The FA’s approach to this matter was always that Maguire was innocent until proven guilty, especially in the light of his not-guilty plea, and his explanation of the mitigating circumstances with led to his conflict with the Greek police.
Now that Maguire has received a guilty verdict on the charges of aggravated assault, resisting arrest and repeated attempts of bribery, the FA will have fulsome discussions with all relevant parties before reacting.
It’s also thought that they will consult with lawyers to discuss whether there is a possibility of Maguire appealing the decision.
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