Greek police open case against Harry Maguire and allege attempted bribery
Manchester United captain Harry Maguire has been accused of attempting to bribe police following his arrest after a rowdy night out on the Greek island of Mykonos.
The 27-year-old, who earns £190,000-a-week, was detained overnight, along with two other men, after an altercation during which Maguire was said to have become ‘very abusive and aggressive’ towards officers.
Maguire and his cohorts were set to be transferred to Syros today where they were due to face a state prosecutor and are likely likely to spend another night behind bars.
‘A case file was opened against the trio for the occasional offenses of violence against officials – court officials, disobedience, bodily harm, insult and attempted bribery of an employee,’ confirmed a statement from the Greek court on Friday.
The England international, who joined United from Leicester City last summer in a world record £80million transfer for a defender, had been enjoying a summer break with his fiance Fern Hawkins.
Maguire had been photographed with several of his United team-mates, including Marcus Rashford and Brandon Williams, earlier on Thursday but neither were said to have been present during an incident which is reported to have left several officers with facial injuries.
The fracas took place outside the Fabrica bar in the early hours of Friday morning. When police attempted to intervene, they were confronted by a group of individuals, including Maguire.
‘When the brawl was all sorted out, one of the two groups – with the football players – started verbally abusing officers,’ Petros Vassilakis, a police spokesman, said.
‘There were several policemen there. At some point, one of the three members of the group – they were aged 27, 28, and 29 – threw a swing at one of the policemen and a fight ensued.
‘All of the three were arrested but during the effort to do so, the other two, including the football player, got violent also. They threw down at least two policemen, hit them with their fists and kicked them.
‘I can’t tell you what they were telling us. All English swear words against the authorities and against the work of the police. All three, including the football player, are being held in custody, locked up in Mykonos cell.’
Maguire’s season ended last Sunday when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side was eliminated from the Europa League at the semi-final stage by Sevilla. United said in a statement that they were aware of the incident and claimed Maguire was fully co-operating with the Greek authorities.
‘The club is aware of an alleged incident involving Harry Maguire in Mykonos last night,’ United said.
‘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.’
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