Manchester United's Harry Maguire Found Guilty of Aggravated Assault, More

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistAugust 25, 2020

England soccer player Harry Maguire leaves a court building on the Aegean island of Syros, Greece, on Saturday, August 22, 2020. The Manchester United captain was arrested during a brawl on the neighbouring holiday island of Mykonos. (AP Photo/Michalis Varaklas)
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A court on the Greek island of Syros found Manchester United star Harry Maguire guilty of aggravated assault, resisting arrest and attempted bribery, according to the Guardian's Helena Smith.

Per Sky News' Martha Kelner, Maguire has been sentenced to 21 months and 10 days in prison. The sentence will, however, be suspended due to the fact it was Maguire's first offense and the charges were misdemeanors.

The Telegraph's Mike McGrath shared a statement from Maguire:

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Harry Maguire statement: “Following the hearing today, I have instructed my legal team with immediate effect to inform the courts we will be appealing. “I remain strong and confident regarding our innocence in this matter - if anything myself, family and friends are the victims.”

He was alleged to have been involved in a physical altercation on Mykonos that was "said to have erupted after rival fans publicly taunted the footballer on a day of heavy drinking in a beach bar on the famous party island," per Smith.

Maguire then allegedly shoved one officer who attempted to break up the fight and attempted to bribe officers in return for his release.

Maguire was on holiday following the end of United's 2019-20 season. The Red Devils lost 2-1 to Sevilla on Aug. 16 in the semifinals of the Europa League.

The club kicks off the 2020-21 Premier League season in less than a month, opening with Crystal Palace on Sept. 19.

The England national team also has the first of two UEFA Nations League matches Sept. 5 against Iceland. The Three Lions face off with Denmark on Sept. 8.

Even with the trial ongoing, manager Gareth Southgate named Maguire to his 24-man squad.

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Here is your first #ThreeLions squad of the year! 🙌 Gareth Southgate has named a 24-man squad for next month’s #NationsLeague games against Iceland and Denmark.

"It's clearly a decision that is not straightforward and a decision I could only take on the information I have," Southgate said of the move, per ESPN. "I've spoken to Harry and I have the insight to the story, which is very different to what is being reported.

"You can only make decisions on facts you are aware of. If the information changes down the line, I will have to review that decision."