Manchester United captain Harry Maguire was pictured today arriving at a Greek police station for a second night behind bars after allegedly punching a police officer and then attempting to bribe his way out custody.
The £85million England international was allegedly involved in a bust-up with a group of other Englishmen before becoming ‘very abusive and aggressive’ towards officers who arrived to intervene last night on the island of Mykonos.
Maguire, 27, spent the night in a cell along with two other men thought to be fellow players, aged 28 and 29, and the trio have been transferred to the neighbouring island of Syros.
Where they will appear before the state prosecutor tomorrow at 11am on charges including aggravated assault, verbal assault and attempted bribery.
‘Until then,’ the spokesman Petros Vassilakis told the Daily Mail, ‘he will remain in police custody. That means in the holding cell of the Syros Precinct.
The decision deals a blow to Maguire’s lawyers who insisted earlier that he would be released.
The maximum sentennce for bribery in Greece is three years in prison but Maguire’s lawyer said he denies all wrongdoing. She said: ‘Maguire denies the allegations against him. Fortunately, we will get rid of it tomorrow.’
The chief prosecutor told local media that he expects Maguire to make an apology at the hearing.
Maguire, a father-of-two, was seen this evening being taken into Syros police station by plain-clothes officers after an hour-long ferry crossing to his new jail cell with the two other men.
Police said that two of their officers suffered facial injuries during the initial scrap after they were allegedly hurled to the ground, punched and kicked.
In a statement released this afternoon, Mykonos police accused the three men of another violent altercation once they had been taken into custody.
On arrival to Mykonos police station, according to the statement, the men continued to resist, ‘pushing and beating three police officers’.
The statement also said that ‘one of the detainees tried to offer money so that the trial against them would not be completed’ but did not name Maguire.
Maguire was yesterday pictured drinking at a pool party at SantAnna Bar with fellow United youngsters Marcus Rashford, 22, and Brandon Williams, 19, as well as Love Island star Chris Hughes, 27, and snooker player Judd Trump, 31 and his brother Joe Maguire. It is not clear if anybody at this party was with Maguire later that evening.
Police today said that two groups of Englishmen were brawling outside Mykonos’ Fabrica bar in the early hours of Friday morning and when they tried to intervene they were rounded on by three men, including the centre-half.
‘When the brawl was all sorted out, one of the two groups – with the football players – started verbally abusing officers.
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.’ Petros Vassilakis a police spokesman said.
‘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.’ The police spokesman continued.
‘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.
They will appear before a state prosecutor on the island of Syros later today to be charged with aggravated assault.’
In an official statement, Greek police said: ‘Three foreigners, aged 27, 28 and 29, were arrested in Mykonos by police officers of the Mykonos police department.
‘Patrolling police officers in the area of Mykonos intervened and normalised a dispute between citizens, however, three foreigners involved in the incident turned against them, insulting and hitting a police officer with fists.
‘The three foreigners were taken to the Mykonos Police Station, where upon their arrival they strongly resisted, pushing and beating three police officers.
‘One of the detainees then tried to offer money so that the trial against them would not be completed. The arrested (men) were taken to the Syros Prosecutor’s Office.’
Maguire, who earns £190,000-a-week plans to cut short his holiday and return to the UK, according to a source at Manchester United.
Lawyers for the club have been in contact with their player and they are awaiting clarification from police on the island over what charges he might face.
‘We are expecting more information from Mykonos as clarification is needed over exactly what happened and what charges he will face, if any.’ The lawyers said.
Manchester United said in a statement: ‘The club is aware of an alleged incident involving Harry Maguire in Mykonos last night.
‘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.’
NEWS SOURCE: DAILYMAIL