The Manchester United and England defender was detained on the Greek island of Mykonos in 2020 and received a suspended 21-month prison term after being convicted on three charges, which he intends to appeal.
England’s Harry Maguire is scheduled to receive a date for his appeal hearing as he seeks to clear his name in Greek courts following his conviction in August 2020.
The Manchester United captain was arrested after an altercation on the Greek island of Mykonos in which he was found guilty of assaulting police officers. Maguire was also convicted of cursing, resisting arrest, and attempted bribery, and was sentenced to 21 months in prison, suspended for three years.
The incident is reported to have occurred after two guys targeted Daisy Maguire, Maguire’s younger sister. He claims they yelled at him while he was driving Daisy to the hospital after she was allegedly injected with a narcotic by strangers at a bar.
Joe Maguire, Maguire’s older brother, was charged with assault and attempted bribery, while Christopher Sharman, the pair’s acquaintance, was charged with assault and verbal abuse. All three were found guilty of all charges, and brother Joe and co-accused Sharman were sentenced to 13 months in prison, suspended for three years.
Maguire filed an appeal, but now faces an agonizing wait for a retrial. According to The Sun, a court date will be set for late spring or early summer next year on the Greek island of Syros, where appeals are heard.
It means the United center-half will be able to focus not only on a new era at the club under new manager Erik Ten Hag but also on the World Cup, which will be held in Qatar this winter. Maguire was instrumental in England’s run to the World Cup semi-finals four years ago, as well as their run to the European Championship final on home soil last summer.
Maguire, 29, spoke with the BBC mere days after the Mykonos incident, saying he feared for his life throughout the encounter. “I didn’t do anything wrong,” he insisted. “I believed we were going to be kidnapped. We knelt, placed our hands in the air, and they simply started striking us. They were beating my leg and yelling, ‘No more football.’ You’re not going to play again.’
“At this time, I thought there was no way these were police or that I didn’t know who they were, so I tried to flee because I was in such a panic, anxiety, and fear for my life.” “From start to finish.”
“I don’t feel like I owe anyone an apology,” he would say. When you’ve done something wrong, you should apologize.”
When asked about the claim that he bribed cops, he said, “Do you know who I am?” “No, absolutely,” Maguire said. That sentence immediately struck me as absurd.
“It was dreadful. It’s not something I’d ever do again. I’m sorry I put the supporters and the club through this.
“I wouldn’t wish that on anyone.” It was my first experience inside a prison. I found myself in a predicament that could have happened to anyone, anyplace.”