Manchester United captain Maguire found guilty of assault, resisting arrest and attempted bribery

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The England international defender, 27, plans to appeal and maintains his innocence after being handed a suspended sentence following the incident

Harry Maguire says he will appeal after he was handed a 21-month suspended prison sentence on Tuesday.

The Manchester United captain was found guilty of charges of aggravated assault, resisting arrest, and repeated attempts of bribery after an incident in Greece last week. 

The defender, his brother Joe Maguire and their friend Christopher Sharman were all found guilty after a trial in Syros, Greece following an incident which happened in the early hours of Friday morning while Maguire was on holiday on the island of Mykonos with family and friends. 

Greek police claimed the three defendants were involved in an altercation with officers on the island and that bribery was attempted after they were taken to the police station.

It was heard the altercation which led to Maguire, 27, and two others being arrested started after an incident with another group, who they believed had injected his sister Daisy with a suspected ‘date rape’ drug. 

Maguire pleaded not guilty to all charges and was represented by one of his lawyers, Alexis Anagnostakis, in the hearing on Tuesday as he was not required to be present in person.

His lawyer asked for the hearing to be postponed as the defence had not been given enough time to prepare but despite their requests the trial went ahead. 

Following the sentence, Maguire maintains his innocence and is determined to clear his name. 

Harry Maguire Greek court

In a statement the England international said: “Following the hearing today, I have instructed my legal team with immediate effect to inform the courts we will be appealing.

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

Manchester United are standing by their captain and in a statement following his sentencing they were critical of the prosecution service who gave Maguire’s team little time to work on a defence. 

“Manchester United notes the verdict of the Greek court today. Harry Maguire pleaded not guilty to all of the misdemeanour charges made against him and he continues to strongly assert his innocence,” a club statement read. 

“It should be noted that the prosecution confirmed the charges and provided their evidence late on the day before the trial, giving the defence team minimal time to digest them and prepare. A request for the case to be adjourned was subsequently denied.

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

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Despite the charges hanging over the defender, England manager Gareth Southgate named the centre-back in his squad for the upcoming Nations League games against Iceland and Denmark. However, Maguire was dropped from the team following the guilty verdict.

Southgate said: "In light of this evening’s developments, I can confirm I have withdrawn Harry Maguire from the England squad for the matches against Iceland and Denmark

"As I said earlier today, I reserved the right to review the situation. Having spoken to Manchester United and the player, I have made this decision in the best interests of all parties and with consideration of the impact on our preparations for next week."

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