Maguire's sister 'stabbed in brawl'
Arrest: €87 million Manchester United defender held in holiday row
MANCHESTER United defender Harry Maguire pleaded not guilty in court yesterday following a late-night brawl which broke out after his sister was allegedly stabbed on the island of Mykonos this week.
The footballer declined to comment following the court hearing, which took place behind closed doors on the Greek island of Syros yesterday – but his lawyer said he was a free man “for now”.
He spent around an hour giving testimony to a prosecutor inside the court yesterday and pleaded not guilty.
His trial has been adjourned until Tuesday but he is not obliged to attend in person and is free to return home to England.
However, local news outlets were reporting that the £80 million (€89 million) defender will be required to travel back to the Greek island of Mykonos where the incident occurred to apologise.
He was one of three British holiday-makers arrested following a brawl on the island.
Greek media reported yesterday that rival British football fans had been chanting at Maguire and his pals in the early hours of Friday morning.
It is understood the chants became more aggressive with the rival fans shouting “f*** United” at Maguire and his group.
Local media reported claims yesterday that one of the fans then cut Maguire’s sister, Daisy, in the arm ‘with a sharp object’ and this led to a brawl.
“When that happened and he saw his sister in such a state [he] became incensed,” sources were quoted as telling local news outlet, Mykonos Voice.
Plainclothes police who were conducting coronavirus inspections nearby intervened and then broke up the fight – but the officers later claimed they were themselves hit by Maguire’s group.
The reports said the United skipper tried to explain to police what had happened but they ordered him to come to the police station along with two other men involved.
Police released a statement this weekend saying: “Three foreigners, aged 27, 28 and 29, were arrested in Mykonos by police officers of the Mykonos police department.
“Patrolling police officers in the area of Mykonos intervened and normalised a dispute between citizens; however, three foreigners involved in the incident turned against them, insulting and hitting a police officer with fists.
“The three foreigners were taken to the Mykonos Police Station, whereupon their arrival they strongly resisted, pushing and beating three police officers.
“One of the detainees then tried to offer money so that the trial against them would not be completed. The arrested (men) were taken to the Syros Prosecutor’s Office.”
Between them, the men were charged with aggravated assault, verbal assault and attempted bribery of a police official.
Maguire’s lawyer has said that he has denied all charges.
Reports yesterday said the English international has told authorities he was not trying to bribe police but was asking how much he was going to be fined for the incident and was offering to pay that fine.
Maguire has assembled a top legal team, including three Greek lawyers along with Manchester United legal professionals who flew out to help him in the case.
They club legal representatives are understood to have flown into Greece on a private plane from the UK on Friday along with the player’s father.
The Mykonos Voice also reported yesterday that the footballer’s representatives deny Maguire was one of the people in a video circulating this week purporting to show the incident.
Maguire became the most expensive defender in the world when Manchester United signed him from Leicester City last year.
He was holidaying in Greece after United’s season ended following their exit from the Europa League after being defeated by Spanish side Sevilla last week.
Maguire was on holidays in Greece with his girlfriend ern Hawkins and several others, including Manchester
United teammates Jesse Lingard and Brandon Williams and Love Island star Chris Hughes.
Manchester United said in a statement: “The club is aware of an alleged incident involving Harry Maguire in Mykonos on Thursday night.
“Contact has been made with Harry, and he is fully co-operating with the Greek authorities.
“At this time we will be making no further comment.”