Harry Maguire: Manchester United captain appears in Greek court after assault on police officer
Manchester United captain Harry Maguire refused to answer questions after leaving court in Greece.
The England defender, 27, was arrested following an alleged fight on Thursday night, along with two other Britons, aged 28 and 29.
Police said there had been an altercation and an exchange of words with officers, and that the three men would appear before a prosecutor on the nearby island of Syros on Saturday.
A statement released by the Hellenic Police’s South Aegean region press office on Friday afternoon read: “Patrolling police officers in the area of Mykonos intervened and normalised a dispute between citizens.
“However, three foreigners involved in the incident turned against them, insulting and hitting a police officer with fists.
“The three foreigners were taken to the Mykonos Police Station, where upon their arrival they strongly resisted, pushing and beating three police officers.
“One of the detainees then tried to offer money so that the trial against them would not be completed. The arrested (men) were taken to the Syros Prosecutor’s Office.”
Maguire and the two other detainees were transported to Syros by ship, where they faced charges by a public prosecutor.
The prosecutor is considering three charges – aggravated assault, verbal assault and also the most serious one, the attempted bribery of an official.
Although it is unclear which of these charges specifically pertain to Maguire and which to the two other men it could be as much as a three year prison sentence for attempted bribery.
Maguire was in court for around an hour before leaving and refusing to make any comment or statement on the incident.
When asked by Sky News’ sports correspondent Martha Kelner whether Maguire was a free man, the defender’s lawayer said: “Right now. Yes.”
Manchester United said in a statement: “The club is aware of an alleged incident involving Harry Maguire in Mykonos last night.
“Contact has been made with Harry, and he is fully co-operating with the Greek authorities. At this time we will be making no further comment.”
Maguire had been on Mykonos with family and friends, having been given two weeks off following the side’s semi-final defeat to Sevilla in the Europa League on Sunday.
The club is set to open their 2020/21 Premier League campaign against Crystal Palace on September 19 – having had their start delayed by a week due to their European involvement.