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Man Utd captain Maguire gets suspended prison sentence on Greek charges

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Noah Ferguson | 26 August, 2020, 21:28

Maguire received a 21-month suspended sentence after being found guilty of repeated bodily harm, attempted bribery, and insult and violence against a public employee - something that he denies and intends to appeal.

The England global, who announced he would appeal the verdict, was arrested late last Thursday after a fight at a nightclub in Mykonos. I am the captain of Manchester United.

Man. U released a statement. saying, "Harry Maguire pleaded not guilty to all of the misdemeanour charges made against him and he continues to strongly assert his innocence".

Maguire is on trial in Greece after an incident on the island of Mykonos.

The sentences for all three defendants were suspended for three years.

Maguire had apologised to Southgate for the negative publicity he brought on the England team but the manager said the centre-back's version of events was very different to how they were portrayed.

United provided a supportive statement, noting Maguire's lawyers had been denied in their request to adjourn the trial.

The brawl between Maguire and police officers was reportedly caused by what Maguire described as an attempt by an unknown person to inject his sister with a "rape drug".

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.

It is understood no date has yet been fixed for the appeal and, while United would like the matter dealt with as soon as possible, they recognise it could be a number of months before the appeal is heard.A club spokesman said: "An appeal against yesterday's verdict was lodged this morning by Harry's legal team".

Harry Maguire has been withdrawn from the England squad for the upcoming UEFA Nations League matches with Iceland and Denmark after being found guilty on three charges in Greece.

"It is clearly a decision that is not straightforward", Southgate told a press conference.

The England boss initially said: "I have spoken with Harry".

Police say the England defender tried to pay them off after being arrested by saying: "Do you know who I am?"

"If facts or information change I will have to review that decision, but I have a fantastic relationship with the boy - he has been a fantastic character for us".

"In light of this evening's developments, I can confirm I have withdrawn Harry Maguire from the England squad", Southgate said.

While Maguire is now out of immediate involvement on the global scene his club United are due back in training on September 2, with no pre-season friendlies scheduled.

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