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Harry Maguire Avoids Jail After Guilty Verdict In Greek Court

Written by on August 25, 2020

Article Published on Tuesday August 25, 2020 7:05 PM by


Harry Maguire Avoids Jail After Guilty Verdict In Greek Court


England player Harry Maguire leaves a court building on the Aegean island of Syros, Greece, on Saturday.

England and Manchester United footballer Harry Maguire has been found guilty of aggravated assault, resisting arrest, and attempts of bribery in Greece.

Maguire has said in a statement he will launch an appeal after being handed a suspended prison sentence by a Greek court.

The Football Association have yet to comment on the matter but Manchester United released a statement following the hearing in Syros.

A club statement 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.”

The 27-year-old was arrested in the early hours of Friday after an alleged incident on the island of Mykonos, with the defender appearing at a hearing the following day in the neighbouring island of Syros.

Maguire was not at the subsequent court case on Tuesday, when – just hours after receiving the backing of England manager Gareth Southgate – he was found guilty of the charges.

The defender has reportedly been handed a suspended prison sentence of 21 months and 10 days – something the United skipper has vowed to appeal.

Maguire 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.”

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