Harry Maguire latest news: Man Utd captain set for re-trial after being granted appeal against assault conviction

HARRY MAGUIRE is set for a retrial after lodging an appeal against his conviction.

The defender 27, was found guilty of aggravated assault, resisting arrest and attempted bribery following a clash with police on the Greek Island of Mykonos.

His supportive partner, Fern Hawkins, retweeted a post from the Football Daily announcing the retrial using multiple clapping emojis, and his brother Laurence also shared the tweet.

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  • HARRY MAGUIRE TO DISCUSS MAN UTD CAPTAINCY WITH CLUB OFFICIALS

    Harry Maguire will sit down with Manchester United officials to discuss his role as club captain following his Mykonos brawl.

    The defender 27, was found guilty of aggravated assault, resisting arrest and attempted bribery following a clash with police on the Greek Island.

    But Maguire escaped a jail term and was instead handed a fine and a 21-month and ten day suspended sentence.

    He was then axed from the England squad in a dramatic U-turn – less than six hours after being picked by Gareth Southgate.

    Now the former Leicester star will sit down with United to discuss his role as the team's leader.

    But according to Sky Sports reporter James Cooper, Maguire is expected to KEEP the armband.

    Cooper said: “What I'm told right now is there is no suggestion that Harry Maguire will have the captaincy taken from him.

    “Manchester United have been as supportive as any club could possibly be in these circumstances

    “There will be conversations ongoing and this matter certainly isn't closed.

    “A lot of it depends on face-to-face chats between Harry Maguire, Manchester United, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Ed Woodward.

    “Then, perhaps a decision will be made.”

  • 'NO CHANCE' OF HARRY MAGUIRE APOLOGISING TO GREEK POLICE OFFICERS, SAYS BROTHER

    There is “no chance” Harry Maguire will apologise to the Greek police officers involved in his assault case, according to his brother.

    Laurence Maguire, the younger sibling of the Manchester United and England defender, spoke out on social media after the lawyer for two police officers said it was “shocking” neither Maguire nor his co-defendants had apologised.

    Maguire was found guilty on Tuesday of assaulting a police officer, swearing, resisting arrest and attempted bribery at a court on the Greek island of Syros, following an incident on the neighbouring island of Mykonos last week.

    Harry Maguire, who was handed a suspended 21-month prison sentence, has already indicated his intention to appeal, while all the noises coming from United indicate he will remain as club captain.

    Prosecution lawyer Yoannis Paradissis told BBC Radio Four's Today Programme on Wednesday that an apology could lead to a different outcome in any appeal, but Chesterfield defender Laurence Maguire says his brother has no intention of doing so.

    “Absolute no chance Harry will be apologising. Daisy and no one in the group was interviewed by the police,” he posted on Twitter.

  • 'NOT SUBJECT TO TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS'

    Maguire will not be subject to any international travel restrictions, a statement from Manchester United said today.

    He filed an appeal for his case on Wednesday morning and it will be retried within the next two years by a court on the nearby island of Syros, two sources told Reuters.

    Maguire was found guilty of assault, attacking a cop, attempted bribery and verbal assault after a marathon seven-hour court session on the Greek island of Syros last night.

    The £85million England player avoided jail and being hit with a fine as he was convicted of all charges in a Greek court.

    It comes after a Greek prosecuting lawyer indicated the footie ace, 27, could have his conviction overturned if he apologised.

  • 'RETRIAL GRANTED'

    Harry Maguire is set for a retrial after lodging his appeal against his conviction for a Mykonos brawl.

    A Manchester United spokesman insisted their skipper now has no conviction or criminal record and is innocent.

    A retrial could take up to two years to be heard in court.

    A spokesman for Manchester United said: “An appeal against yesterday’s verdict was lodged this morning by Harry’s legal team

    “In accordance with the Greek judicial process, the filing of an appeal extinguishes the initial court verdict and nullifies the conviction.

    “The appeal has been accepted and will lead to a full retrial in a more senior court.

    “This means that Harry has no criminal record and is once again presumed innocent until proven guilty.”

  • 'STILL TIME TO SAY SORRY'

    Maguire's accuers are “still waiting for an apology” from him according to their lawyer, who says the outcome could be different if Harry and pals say sorry.

    Earlier today, Greek lawyer Ioannis Paradissis, who represented two injured police officers in court, told BBC Radio 4's Today show: “So obviously if, as I believe, there is still time for the three defendants to say they are sorry, then I believe the outcome might be different.

    “Because under Greek law you can withdraw some accusations concerning non-aggravated bodily harm and concerning the verbal insults that were shouted at the police men.

    “I don’t know [if my clients would accept that] but they told me they are still waiting for an apology and they haven’t heard any.”

  • 'ABSOLUTELY NO CHANCE'

    Maguire's younger brother Laurence has said there is “no chance” his sibling would apologise.

    “Absolute no chance Harry will be apologising,” the Chesterfield player posted on Twitter this afternoon.

    He added: “Daisy and no one in the group was interviewed by the police.”

  • LUXURY VILLA

    The swanky villa Harry Maguire rented for his Greek getaway is spread over two separate properties and costs a whopping £3,045 a night to rent.

    It boasts two swimming pools, including a large infinity pool, and a private garden.

    Shaded outdoor seating areas offer breathtaking views of the islands of Paros and Naxos.

    Four luxury ensuite bedrooms feature on the lower level of each villa.

    Alcander, a maintenance man, told The Sun: “Harry Maguire and his group left three days ago late at night.

    “The property is currently empty.

    “We get a lot of famous footballers and other famous people staying here.”

    A cleaner working in the villa complex said: “Harry was staying here but I haven’t seen anyone there for two days.

    “I cleaned the villa and it is completely empty, there are no personal items left so they have all gone.”

  • LEADERSHIP CONTEST

    Harry Maguire will reportedly sit down with Manchester United officials to discuss his role as club captain following his Mykonos brawl.

    According to Sky Sports, the former Leicester star will sit down with United to discuss his role as the team's leader.

    Reporter James Cooper said: “What I'm told right now is there is no suggestion that Harry Maguire will have the captaincy taken from him.

    “Manchester United have been as supportive as any club could possibly be in these circumstances

    “There will be conversations ongoing and this matter certainly isn't closed.

    “A lot of it depends on face-to-face chats between Harry Maguire, Manchester United, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Ed Woodward.

    “Then, perhaps a decision will be made.”

  • INSIDE HARRY'S HIDEAWAY

    This is the luxury £22,000 a week villa Harry Maguire is believed to have stayed in before his arrest.

    The United captain, 27, is understood to have forked out for his family and friends to party at the eight-bed apartment.

    The pad sleeps up to 16 and has an idyllic swimming pool overlooking the Aegean Sea.

    It boasts a private bay and some of the best views of Mykonos.

    Harry was seen drinking on the balcony in happier times before a street brawl turned his trip into a nightmare.

  • GREEK COPS 'STILL WAITING FOR APOLOGY'

    The police officers lawyer, Dr Yoannis Paradissis ,says an apology would, in Greek law, make a big difference in any appeals process but insisted none had been offered.

    “(The police officers) told me they are still waiting for an apology and they haven't had any,” Paradissis told BBC Radio Four's Today programme.

    “This is what I find quite shocking and quite unsporting. Fair play means when I've done something wrong I apologise or at least I say I am sorry for what happened to the other person.”

  • LAWYERS HAVE SUBMITTED APPEAL

    Lawyers for Harry Maguire have appealed against a Greek court ruling which found him guilty of multiple charges following a brawl on the island of Mykonos last week, sources close to the process told Reuters.

    “Yes, Maguire’s lawyer Alexis Anagnostakis has submitted an appeal,” one of the sources said adding that the accusations were “wrong and misleading”.

  • MAGUIRE'S BAR BILL

    Maguire had been partying with pals in a swanky Mykonos nightclub before getting in to a brawl with cops.

    It came after a marathon drinking session costing £63,000 over three days…

  • WHERE IS MAGUIRE NOW?

    Harry Maguire spent two nights in a cell with with brother Joe Maguire and pal Chris Sharman before appearing before a court on Saturday in Syros.

    He was found guilty of assault, attacking a cop, attempted bribery and verbal assault after a marathon seven-hour court session on the Greek island.

    Joe, 28, and Chris, 29, were also found guilty of similar charges relating to a fight on neighbouring Mykonos in the early hours of Friday.

    None attended the hearing but Maguire's dad Alan and friend Ashden Morley were present.

    Maguire is now understood to have travelled back to the UK.

    His sister Daisy was pictured arriving back in England on Monday wheeling a suitcase.

    Brother Laurence Maguire was also pictured back home.

  • 'DO YOU KNOW WHO I AM?'

    A cop claimed at the trial that the £85million Utd captain boasted "Don't you know who I am" when he was arrested.

    He allegedly said: “Don't you know who I am? I am the captain of Manchester United, I am very rich, I can give you money, I can pay you, please let us go.”

    But he has been defended online by his brother Laurence, who called the cop making the allegations “crazy”.

    Sky Sport pundit and ex-footballer Jamie Carragher also hit out at the claims, tweeting: “Absolute b******s! Every story/rumour someone tells about a footballer always starts with ‘Do you know who I am?’

    “I’ve never once heard any player say that!!”

  • WHAT WE KNOW SO FAR:

    • Harry Maguire has avoided jail after being found guilty of all charges
    • He has slammed the verdict and branded himself the “victim,” confirming he would appeal
    • He could now face a three year legal battle
    • Maguire was pulled from the squad hours after he was named in Gareth Southgate's England squad
    • It came as the court was told sister Daisy was injected in the arm by Albanian men, causing her to faint
    • After being taken to a police station, Maguire was kicked in the leg by a cop who told him his career was "over", it was said
    • The court was told Maguire then tried to pay cops off – boasting: “Don't you know who I am?”

    WHO IS FERN HAWKINS?

    Fern Hawkins is Harry Maguire's fiancée and has a Bachelor's degree in science and physiotherapy, graduating with a First Class Honours in 2017.

    Like Harry, she's from Sheffield, and the couple have been dating for just over nine years after getting together on June 19, 2011.

    Fern gave birth to the couple's first child on April 3, 2019 – naming their new daughter Lillie Saint Maguire.

    In May 2020, Fern gave birth to the couple's second daughter – Piper Rose.

    'MAGUIRE A DISGRACE'

    Prosecutors in Greece have blasted Harry Maguire and claim he told a 'pack of lies' over his part in a boozy Mykonos brawl.

    Earlier, the court heard Maguire was kicked by a cop who told him "your career is over".

    But lawyers assisting the prosecution claim the star's defence was “all total lies”.

    Ioannis Paradissis, who represented two of the six policemen involved in the case, told the MailOnline after the verdict: “Harry Maguire is a disgrace. He has invented a pack of lies and has not had the decency to apologise.

    “Maguire and his friends then invented a story about Albanians attacking his sister.

    “I've never heard such rubbish.

    “This was a shameful attempt to cover up their disgusting behaviour and an insult to Albanians and the Greek police.

    “He should hang his head in shame and return to Greece to apologise.”

    'THREE YEAR LEGAL BATTLE' AHEAD

    Harry Maguire today faces a three-year legal battle against his Mykonos bribery and violence convictions.

    The United captain, 27, vowed last night to appeal the verdict immediately but will have to wait at least a week to launch it.

    A legal source told The Sun it will likely be three years before it even gets to court meaning Harry could be 30 before he gets the chance to clear his name.

    They said: “The appeal process moves at a snail's pace.

    “He will have to wait at least a week for the judgement to be formalised and that’s just the first hurdle within an arcane and complex legal system.

    “It will be between two and three years until it gets to court thanks to the exceptionally antiquated process.

    “Harry may want to get the ball rolling as soon as possible but this will be a long and bitter struggle.”

    MAGUIRE SET TO APPEAL

    Maguire yesterday confirmed he would be appealing his conviction in a fiery statement branding himself and his family “the victims”.

    He commented: “Following the hearing, I have instructed my legal team with immediate effect to inform the courts we will be appealing.

    “I remain strong + confident regarding our innocence in this matter – if anything myself, family + friends are the victims.” mufc“.

    MAN UTD STATEMENT IN FULL

    Responding to the court's verdict, a Manchester United 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 TRUTH CAN'T BE HIDDEN'

    Harry Maguire has today said “the truth can't be hidden” after he was found guilty of bribery, aggravated assault and resisting arrest over the Mykonos brawl.

    In the early hours of this morning, the star posted on Instagram: “Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth – Buddha.”

    His sister Daisy uploaded the same message just hours after the verdict.

    INSTA MESSAGES

    Harry Maguire posted the same message as his sister on Instagram hours after being sentenced.

    He broke his social media silence to write: “Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun; the moon, and the truth – Buddha.”

    TRIAL RECAP

    Maguire was handed a 21-month and ten-day suspended sentence for three years as it was his first offence.

    His brother Joe and pal Chris Sharman, who stood trial alongside him, were given suspended sentences of 13 months after also being found guilty.

    The verdicts come after a bombshell one-day trial heard how the brawl between cops and the trio erupted when Maguire's sister Daisy was “injected with a rape drug”.

    One cop required first aid when handcuffed Maguire attempted to break free – as another pal yelled “f**k, f**k the police”.

    BOSS SPEAKS OUT

    Gareth Southgate dropped Maguire from the England team this evening after initially selecting him.

    He said: “I won't get everything right, I have said that before, but I will always try to be fair and make the right decisions and ultimately, my primary job is to make sure we have got a team that can win. My job is to turn England from fourth in the world to number one in the world.

    “The hunger for the team to succeed and do well is greater than ever. So that means I have got to be even more careful with a decision like the one I have taken because it can't just be based on the fact he is an important player for us.

    “That is why I needed to consult with other people in the organisation to make sure I was not being influenced by my desire for the team to do well.”

    “Of course I can't ignore off-field events and events that happen away from our camps but I also can't just pick a team to win based on the best behaved XI. It's just not realistic.

    “If you look at some of the greatest competitors in the world and winners in every sport, they are not always easy to manage and they are not perfect. And none of us are.

    “My job is to pick an England team to win. I've got to balance what the line is on that.”

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