Harry Maguire latest news: England star breaks silence on Greece arrest

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.

The £85million Man Utd captain, 27, avoided jail and being hit with a fine as he was convicted of all charges in a Greek court.

Maguire claimed HE was the victim after being handed a 21-month and ten day suspended sentence and was pulled from the England squad for the matches against Iceland and Denmark.

His brother Joe and pal Chris were given suspended sentences of 13 months.

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.

It comes after Gareth Southgate dropped Maguire from his England squad to take on Iceland and Denmark after the Man Utd captain was found guilty in Greece of assault, resisting arrest and bribery.

Southgate said: "In light of this evening’s developments, I can confirm I have withdrawn Harry Maguire from the England squad for the matches against Iceland and Denmark.

"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."

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  • '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.”

  • WHAT HAPPENED TODAY?

    Harry Maguire has claimed he was the victim after being found guilty of bribery and aggravated assault over the Mykonos brawl.

    The £85million Man Utd captain, 27, avoided jail and being hit with a fine as he was convicted of all charges in a Greek court.

    Maguire, 27, today 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“.

  • FAMILY UNIT

    After the arrests last week Maguire's family spoke out defending him.

    His brother re-tweeted people who said it didn't sound like something the footballer would do.

    And his partner slammed the Greek police and claimed they had lied about the arrest.

  • 'THE TRUTH'

    Hours after the guilty verdict, Daisy Maguire posted on Instagram: “Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun; the moon, and the truth – Buddha.”

    Maguire was among a group of four couples that went out in Mykonos on Thursday and the court heard the defence claim that Daisy fainted after being injected in a bar by two men.

    Tensions became fraught and the group attempted to return to the villa, with the defence claiming undercover police directed the minibus to go the police station – something the group were not aware of.

    A group of Greek men allegedly kicked Maguire and told him 'your career is over' when they got there. Fearing he was being robbed, Maguire's attempts to get away saw him arrested and detained.

  • TEAM SHAKE UP

    Maguire has made 26 appearances for England, which plays Iceland on September 5, and Denmark three days later in the UEFA Nations League.

    Southgate's side has not played this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, which led to the European Championship being postponed until 2021.

    Maguire's United teammate, 18-year-old forward Mason Greenwood, has been brought into the senior squad for the first time. Manchester City playmaker Phil Foden and Leeds defensive midfielder Kalvin Phillips also earned first call-ups.

  • U-TURN

    Gareth Southgate has made a U-turn and cut Maguire from the team to face Iceland and Denmark.

    The England boss said: “In light of this evening’s developments, I can confirm I have withdrawn Harry Maguire from the England squad for the matches against Iceland and Denmark.

    “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 OUT

    Harry Maguire has been withdrawn from the England squad for the matches against Iceland and Denmark, manager Gareth Southgate has announced.

    It follows a guilty verdict being issued in Greece this afternoon.

  • JOE MAGUIRE

    Dad-of-two Joe is also a footballer and played for Scunthorpe United, Nuneaton Town and Boston United before signing for Gainsborough Trinity in 2018.

    But he recently left the Northern Premier League club in search of first team football.

    Joe joined Harry and their sister Daisy for a week of partying in Mykonos before the arrest.

  • LOST IN TRANSLATION?

    Maguire's defence argued his request to pay the police officers may have been lost in translation.

    They suggested Maguire may have been asking to pay a “fine” to be released.

    His lawyer said the defendants had been beaten, confirmed by a forensic expert, and that Maguire became angry only after he was as hit on his dominant leg.

  • MAGUIRE'S BIO

    Former Leicester City player Maguire's trip to the popular Greek holiday island followed his club's semi-final defeat by Sevilla in the Europa League in Cologne.

    Maguire has earned 26 England caps since making his debut against Lithuania in a World Cup qualifier in 2018.

    United paid Leicester £80million – a world record fee for a defender – for Maguire in August 2019 and he was made captain at the start of this year.

  • OFFICER'S CLAIMS

    All six of the police officers involved on Thursday night were carrying out covert patrols in Mykonos town.

    Only four gave evidence at Maguire's trial today.

    One, Georgios Gilembesis, told the court the group had been seen fighting with a group of other men beside a black van.

  • FUMING LAWYER

    He then added: “Harry Maguire is a disgrace. He has invented a pack of lies and has not had the decency to apologise.

    “He has insulted our police officers and he and his friends left three of them injured.

    “They had to be taken to hospital and were brutally beaten by Maguire, his brother Joe and their friend.”

  • PROSECUTOR DEMANDS APOLOGY

    Ioannis Paradissis, lawyer for two of the six policemen involved in the case, called the defender a “disgrace” and accused him of “inventing a pack of lies”.

    He told MailOnline: “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.”

  • BOMBSHELL TRIAL

    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”.

    After they were taken inside a police station, £190,000-a-week Maguire boasted about how “rich” he was as he tried to pay police off, it was said.

    He bragged: “Do 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”.

    Maguire is then said to have continued boasting about how “very rich” he is, adding: “I am the captain of Manchester United”.

  • SOUTHGATE ON MAGUIRE

    “We recognise if you are a player with England who has a profile, there are expectations and there is also attention and focus which goes with that – clearly if you are the captain of Manchester United that is the same,” the England boss said earlier.

    “He is fully aware of that, and I think it is the same for all of our players really. We know there is a responsibility in wider society.

    “We have a fantastic connection with our fans and he has been a big part of that over the last couple of years.”

  • PARTNER'S DEFENCE

    Harry Maguire's fiancee earlier slammed "lying" Greek cops for trying to ruin the Man Utd star's "reputation".

    Fern Hawkins, who was in Mykonos with the centre-back at the time of the brawl, launched into a passionate defence of her boyfriend before he was found guilty of a string of charges today.

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

    Fern wrote on Twitter: “These people are trying their best to ruin Harry’s reputation & anyone who believes these lies are deluded.

    “Harry knew they knew exactly who he was as they repeatedly beat him moments before, shouting his football career is over & that he would never play again.

    “Makes me sick.”

  • WHAT HAPPENED?

    The 27-year-old England international, was one of three people arrested on Thursday after an altercation with police.

    He has, and continues to, deny any wrongdoing.

    He was detained for two days following the incident.

    Deliberations at the courthouse on the nearby island of Syros, where Maguire was represented by his lawyers, lasted more than seven hours.

  • PARENTAL SUPPORT

    Maguire's dad Alan travelled to the court on the Greek island of Syros today to support his sons.

    But none of the defendants – including Maguire – were in court today.

  • 'APPALLING'

    Speaking after the verdict, a lawyer for the prosecution slammed the group for their “appalling behaviour”.

    He added: “We found their behaviour to be totally unsportsmanlike because instead of asking for apologies, they haven't said they are sorry.

    “When you're a sportsman and a role model you have to accept what you've done and say sorry.”

  • 'WE ARE THE VICTIMS'

    Harry Maguire wrote his family have been the victims following the guilty verdict.

    The England star said in a statement: “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.”

  • MAGUIRE TO APPEAL

    The £190,000-a-week centre-back will now appeal against his conviction, Man Utd confirmed in a statement.

    But the verdict will no doubt plunge Maguire's career into chaos and could see him stripped of his captaincy at Man Utd.

    It could also throw his international career into jeopardy just hours after Gareth Southgate named him in his England squad for the upcoming Nations League games.

    But the strict gaffer warned centre-back Maguire's place could be dropped “if facts or information changes”.

  • MANCHESTER UNITED STATEMENT

    “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.”

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