Manchester United Captain Maguire Given Suspended Prison Sentence For Assault And Bribery

Manchester United captain Harry Maguire has been given a suspended sentence of 21 months and 10 days in prison after his trial in Greece.

The England defender, 27, was found guilty of aggravated assault, attempted bribery, violence against public employees and insult after arrest on Mykonos.

The sentence will be suspended because it is a first offence and charges were misdemeanours.

Maguire said after Tuesday’s verdict that he had instructed his 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,” he added.

Later on Tuesday, England manager Gareth Southgate withdrew Maguire from the squad for September’s Nations League games against Iceland and Denmark.

Southgate, who had included the defender in the squad earlier the same day before the guilty verdict was given, added: “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 was arrested along with brother Joe, 28, and Christopher Sharman, 29, on Thursday after an altercation with police.

Joe Maguire has been found guilty of repeated bodily harm, violence against public employees and attempted bribery.

Sharman has been found guilty of insult, repeated bodily harm and violence against public employees.

Both were sentenced to 13 months in prison, suspended for three years.

All three men denied all charges.

Harry Maguire was not in attendance at the trial in Syros, but his father, Alan, was.

The United captain is being represented by Alexis Anagnostakis, one of Greece’s top human rights lawyers, who asked for a postponement, but that was rejected by the judge.

 

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