Harry Maguire given suspended jail term for assault and attempted bribery in Greece

Footballer Harry Maguire has been given a suspended prison sentence after being found guilty of aggravated assault, resisting arrest and repeated bribery attempts in Greece.

The England player, 27, was convicted of all the charges against him by a court on the island of Syros today.

He was handed a jail term of 21 months and 10 days, but it will be suspended because it was a first offence and the charges were classed as misdemeanours. His team have said they will appeal.

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Image: Harry Maguire pictured outside court at the weekend

The Manchester United captain 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, Yoannis Paradissis, the lawyer who assisted the prosecution, told Sky News the victims are still waiting for an apology and are “appalled” at the footballer trying to blame police officers.

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Image: The England star has been found guilty on charges

He said: “When you’re a sportsman and a role model you have to accept what you’ve done and say sorry.

“Until today no apology has been received – on the contrary – the defence team have said it’s all the fault of the policeman.

“This argument was not accepted by the court and they were found guilty on all charges.”

Mr Paradissis also rubbished the star’s claims he did not know who the officers were, adding: “They were taken outside the police station, there were police vehicles, the policemen showed their police IDs.

“It’s a total lie they didn’t understand. They were found guilty of verbally assaulting the policeman by saying “f*** the police”. How can you say that to someone who is not a policeman?”

Today before the verdict, England manager Gareth Southgate named the 27-year-old in the squad that will face Iceland and Denmark in the Nations League.

Maguire’s lawyer Alexis Anagnostakis previously told the court that two Albanian men had approached his sister Daisy and gave her an unknown substance, which made her faint instantly.

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Europa League - Round of 16 Second Leg - Manchester United v LASK Linz - Old Trafford, Manchester, Britain - August 5, 2020 Manchester United's Harry Maguire, as play resumes behind closed doors following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) REUTERS/Carl Recine/File Photo
Image: Maguire, 27, has been named in the England squad for two Nations League games

Ashden Morley, a friend of the footballer’s since childhood, said his fiancee Fern Hawkins had noticed that Daisy’s eyes were rolling back in her head at about midnight.

The group suspected two Albanian men had injected her with a rape drug, Mr Morley told the court.

Plain clothes police officers intervened to try to calm the situation when one of the defendants said “f***, f*** the police” and an officer was punched, prosecutors told the trial.

It was alleged that once Maguire arrived at the 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.”

But Mr Anagnostakis told the hearing that at the station, Maguire was kicked in the leg by officers who told him: “Your career is over.”

Maguire pleaded not guilty to all three charges and spent two nights in custody after he was arrested.


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