Harry Maguire, the Manchester United captain has been caught up in a fiasco on the Greek island of Mykonos, in which the authorities claim he is accused of “violence against officials, disobedience, bodily harm, insult and attempted bribery of an official”. Joining EPL side Man Utd from Leicester for the sum of £80m in August 2019, the star has pleaded not guilty and has been released from police custody.
It is reported in the media that the 27-year old star was involved in a brawl in Greek after his ‘sister was stabbed’ in the arm with a sharp object. Harry jumped in to defend his sister and, in the process, he and two other men (reported as being his friends) were charged with aggravated assault, verbal assault and attempted bribery.
After his stint behind bars and being grilled for hours on end by a public prosecutor on the neighbouring island of Syros, the Manchester United captain was told he was free to return to England but will face trial before the month’s out. The £190K a week superstar will now be represented by his lawyers and as he made his return to the UK in a private jet, Manchester United released a statement:
“Following the appearance in court today we note the adjournment of the case to allow the legal team to consider the case file. Harry has pleaded not guilty to the charges. It would be inappropriate for the player or club to comment further while the legal process takes its course.”
Back of the Jail Cell
An eyewitness revealed the trouble started in the bustling streets of Fabrika (Mykonos) where bars were packed with holidaymakers and residents. A group of drunken British men were apparently berating Maguire and his team and some even went as far as to reference the 1958 Munich disaster in which 23 of Manchester United’s football players died.
A local resident told the MailOnline: “I’m a big football fan and recognised Harry Maguire, who was with a group of friends. They were making a lot of noise and it appeared that they had had a lot to drink. Another group of British men started abusing them, saying he was a rubbish footballer and played for a rubbish team. They were also calling him a fridge and I didn’t really understand what they meant by that.”
The local resident known only as Kafatos continued: “Then there was a lot of shouting, swearing and they started fighting. It was a real mess. They were throwing punches, kicking each other and rolling around on the ground before the police came.”
Local media in Greece are reporting that after the brawl, Maguire was in a fit of rage and even attacked a police officer. The father-of-two was apparently involved when two police officers were thrown to the floor and punched and kicked. More to come as we receive it.