Harry Maguire was once set to fly again to England on Saturday evening, reducing brief a vacation at the Greek island of Mykonos that ended with the Manchester United and England defender accused of attacking a police officer after a late-night brawl.
Maguire was once launched on Saturday morning after spending two nights in police cells, however shall be attempted in a Greek courtroom on Tuesday on two fees of “serial physically hurt” and “serial insult”. After the listening to, Maguire was once requested through journalists outdoor the courthouse if he was once nonetheless at liberty. “At the moment, sure,” the 27-year-old’s attorney stated, in line with Sky Information.
The Manchester United captain’s case is about to be heard through a three-judge panel at the neighbouring island of Syros, even though he does now not have to wait in particular person. It’s nearly positive that Maguire will select to not, and shall be represented through his criminal crew. Maguire denies the 2 counts in opposition to him.
His criminal crew – composed of 3 Greek legal professionals and no less than one Manchester United membership consultant believed to have flown into Syros on a personal aircraft with Maguire’s father on Friday evening – started a staunch defence of the footballer on Saturday. They attributed the brawl, partly, to an assault “with a pointy object” on his sister after an afternoon of heavy ingesting and partying at the island.
“When that came about and he noticed his sister in one of these state, [he] changed into incensed,” assets had been quoted as telling Mykonos Voice, a neighborhood media outlet.
What started as a scuffle inside of a bar in Mykonos’s stylish Fabrika district reportedly descended impulsively right into a brawl outdoor involving Maguire, his pals, rival fanatics and police who, engaging in coronavirus inspections within sight, rushed to the scene.
Maguire have been photographed and filmed all through the day and night time, taking part in the corporate of his teammates Marcus Rashford and Brandon Williams, in addition to the snooker participant Judd Trump, and combining with different vacationers, showing to drink alcohol on events.
After spending Thursday night time in cells on Mykonos, Maguire was once taken to Syros through boat on Friday along two pals, who had been additionally accused. The similar day, Greek police issued a commentary accusing Maguire and the opposite males, elderly 28 and 29, of “violence in opposition to officers, disobedience, physically hurt, insult and tried bribery of an reputable”.
Regardless of the consequence of Tuesday’s trial, the episode is prone to dent Maguire’s popularity and is especially unsavoury for Manchester United and the membership’s supervisor, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, given Maguire’s profile because the captain. When information of the incident broke early on Friday morning, it’s understood to have stuck Manchester United through marvel, with officers from the membership suffering in the beginning to establish the info and timeline.
A commentary from the membership stated: “Following an look in courtroom we notice the adjournment of the case to permit the criminal crew to imagine the case document. Harry has pleaded now not responsible to the fees. It could be beside the point for the participant or membership to remark additional whilst the criminal procedure takes its direction.”
Maguire’s arrest and next trial may be prone to reason Gareth Southgate, the England supervisor, disquiet, given his principled stance on avid gamers behaving correctly, with Maguire the lynchpin of the nationwide crew’s defence. Maguire, who has performed for the nationwide crew 26 occasions, was once one of the crucial stars of England’s International Cup crew which reached the semi-finals in 2018.