Harry Maguire finds out whether he’s been found guilty or not at a court hearing in Greece, on the same day as he’s called up to the England squad.
He was arrested earlier this weekend on aggravated assault, resisting arrest, and repeated attempts of bribery.
The prosecution alleged Maguire, his brother, and another person pushed police officers at the scene of the incident as well as attempted to break away in a van to avoid arrest, before arriving at the police department.
That is where the 27-year-old said: “I am the captain of Manchester United, I am very rich, I can give you money, I can pay you, please let us go.”
It’s revealed that Maguire HAS been found guilty of aggravated assault, resisting arrest and attempted bribery by a three-member misdemeanours court convening on the Greek island of Syros.
BREAKING: Harry Maguire found guilty of aggravated assault, resisting arrest and repeated attempts of bribery.
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) August 25, 2020
The £190,000-a-week Manchester United and England defender was shown no remorse by the panel of judges, denying all charges against him.
Maguire allegedly told police, “Do you know who I am? I am very rich, I can give you money,” the court heard as the player went on trial days after being arrested for allegedly assaulting a policeman during a punch up in Mykonos.
Two police officers were key witnesses for the prosecution and among a host of unsavoury claims which was mentioned at a hearing which Maguire’s lawyer desperately tried to postpone arguing he had formally received the charge sheet only hours earlier.
In proceedings that from the outset took many by surprise, the three-member court overruled the appeal and then it went to trial, which was attended by the player’s Dad.
Police surrounded the building and the case went ahead after hours of delays after officials had posted on the court’s notice board the names of the three suspects: Harry Maguire, his older brother Joe and mate Christopher Sharman.
They spent two nights in the cells after fighting, which is reported to have started after rival fans taunted the footballer, who spent that day of holidaying heavy drinking in a bar.
Another on-duty officer who had rushed to the scene to break up the fight described how he was pushed so hard by the footballer as he tried to detain him that he fell on his back and had to be injected with painkillers.
Apostolakis, who had been flown in from Athens to represent the trio, disputed the account, telling the court that Harry Maguire was deliberately “kicked” and shoved by police officers who also attempted to demean him saying “your career is over”.
Alexandros Anagnostakis, a leading human rights lawyer, who often defends Brits abroad in Greece, mentioned how the brawl was set off because Maguire found out that his sister was attacked by two men. Describing the pair as Albanians he said they had deliberately “injected” the 20-year-old with a substance that had caused her to instantly faint.
Ashden Morley, a friend of the Maguires called by the defence to explain more on the incident, said the group suspected she had been injected with a rape drug after Harry’s girlfriend Fern Hawkins noticed Harry’s younger sister Daisy Maguire’s eyes “rolling back in her head”. The group called the driver of their rented van to take them to a health clinic but found themselves being driven instead to the police station, the lawyer claimed.
Some of the most dramatic moments in the courtroom came when his friend Ashden Morley said the group thought they were going to be kidnapped by men chasing them in cars behind the media. “Our bus door opened and five or six males tried to force us off by physically pulling us,” he said recounting the scenes and fear that they were about to be “held at ransom”.
Harry Maguire has since been handed a suspended prison sentence of 21 months and 10 day.
The England manager hailed his first-choice central defender as “an outstanding character” within the national team set-up, and said he had no reason to doubt Maguire’s account of last week’s incident.
“It’s clearly a decision that is not straightforward and a decision that, in the end, I can only take on the information I have,” Southgate told a news conference.
“I’ve spoken with Harry, I have insight to the story which is very different to what’s been reported.
“In these instances, you can only make decisions based on facts that you’re aware of. Now, clearly, if facts or information change further down the line, I have to review that decision.
“I have a fantastic relationship with the boy. Harry has been an outstanding character for us.
“I have no reason to doubt what he is telling me. It’s important he knows that he’s got my support at this moment.”
“I am not going to get into hypotheticals of what might or might not happen. I have got to reserve the right to review if further information becomes available.
“I think if you are ever in a management position, you have to make lots of decisions. You always make decisions to the best of your ability given the information that you have.
“People might agree or disagree with those decisions. I think that’s the position every manager finds themselves in. In this moment in time, that’s where I am with it.
“As I said, Harry regrets the fact that he has brought that sort of focus and attention on the team and he apologised for that. But he also has his own side of the story which I think will come out in time.”
Fans reacted after Harry Maguire finds out whether he’s been found guilty or not…
Someone’s captain btw
— Danny (@MagnificoMendy) August 25, 2020
He’s been to more courts than champions league finals
— Raúl (@helloimraul) August 25, 2020
— Fazribio Ronamo ? (@yoiokokok) August 25, 2020
He will buy his way out money talks buddy
— bennyboy (@benten150) August 25, 2020
Harry Maguire pleading his innocence pic.twitter.com/11G0wvrGJE
— RiZzy? (@RiZzyUTD) August 25, 2020
And he was still called up to the England squad. Imagine if this was Raheem Sterling ?
— ⚡️?? (@Priceless_Silva) August 25, 2020
— Max and Paddy Quotes (@maxandpaddyline) August 25, 2020
You gotta ask your self pogba should be doing more here pff pic.twitter.com/EkoZRrrW22
— Jama ☔️ (@JamaUTD) August 25, 2020
Rivalry aside, this seems dodgy as fuck
— Tom (@_cp11_) August 25, 2020
You know here in Greece, we have Harry Maguilty, you know, Harry Maguilty pic.twitter.com/I71SCj4Kup
— Rohit (@GoonerRJ) August 25, 2020