Manchester United captain Harry Maguire has been found guilty of aggravated assault, resisting arrest and repeated attempts of bribery following his trial on the Greek island of Syros after an altercation with police officers on Mykonos.
Maguire, who was released from custody over the weekend, was not present at the trial. He received a suspended sentence of 21 months and 10 days.
United released a statement shortly after the verdict, which read:
“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.
“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.”
In another statement issued to ESPN’s Rob Dawson by United, Maguire was quoted as saying: “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.”
Maguire was arrested, along with brother Joe and friend Christopher Sharman, on Thursday night after a brawl in which two police officers were allegedly assaulted on Mykonos.
Joe Maguire was found guilty of repeated bodily harm, violence against public employees and attempted bribery. Sharman was found guilty of insult, repeated bodily harm and violence against public employees.
Harry Maguire is being represented by Greek human rights lawyer Alexis Anagnostakis, whose request for an adjournment was rejected.
Anagnostakis told the court that two Albanian men had approached Maguire’s sister, Daisy — who fainted immediately after being injected with an unknown substance.
The defendants asked to be driven to a hospital, but were instead taken to a police station, he added.
A police witness for the prosecution told the court that Maguire attempted to bribe his way out of the situation.
“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,” the witness told the bench.
Maguire had been named in the squad for England’s Nations League doubleheader against Iceland and Denmark next month, before being withdrawn from the team following the guilty verdict on Tuesday.
In a statement sent by the FA, England coach Gareth 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.”
Maguire had been on holiday on Mykonos since United’s season ended with a 2-1 defeat to Sevilla in the Europa League semifinals earlier this month.