Maguire absent as trial opens in Greece

August 26, 2020
Harry Maguire was absent as his trial started in Greece. AFP

The trial of Manchester United captain Harry Maguire on charges of “assault”, “bodily harm”, “verbal abuse” and “attempted bribery” opened Tuesday in the criminal court on the Greek island of Syros, according to a judicial source.

According to some British and Greek media on the spot, Maguire’s lawyers raised procedural issues which could lead to the trial being postponed.

The international defender was not present but was simultaneously named in Gareth Southgate’s England squad for matches against Iceland and Denmark next month. Maguire’s lawyers told local media that he had left the Cyclades last weekend.

He could face a maximum prison sentence of seven years, Greek radio station Skai said.

The £80 million (88 million euros) defender was arrested late Thursday after a fight with another group at a nightclub in Mykonos.

Greek media reported that the fight started when someone in the other group hurt Maguire’s sister.

“Three British men, one of whom is a footballer for a British team, attacked police officers on Thursday night, slightly injuring four of them and were arrested,” Petros Vassilakis, a Syros police official, told AFP on Friday.

The police asked the three men to follow them to the station, but they tried to escape, Vassilakis said.