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Man United captain Harry Maguire is found guilty and handed 21-month suspended sentence for attacking and bribing

Manchester United captain Harry Maguire has been found guilty of aggravated assault, resisting arrest and repeated attempts of bribery following his trial after an altercation with police officers on the Greek island of Syros.

Maguire, who was released from custody over the weekend, was not present at the trial. Sentencing is expected shortly.

Maguire has been named in the squad for England’s Nations League doubleheader against Iceland and Denmark next month.

England coach Gareth Southgate had backed Maguire before Tuesday’s guilty verdict.

“It’s clearly a decision that is not straightforward and a decision I could only take on the information I have,” Southgate said.

“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.”

Maguire had been on holiday on Mykonos since United’s season ended with a 2-1 defeat to Sevilla in the Europa League semifinals earlier this month.

Million of fans will now be looking to see if the player keeps his place for next month’s UEFA Nations League fixtures against Iceland and Denmark, after the Three Lions boss warned he could be dropped ‘if facts of information changes’.

Ioannis Paradissis, lawyer for two of the six policemen involved in the case told MailOnline: ‘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.

‘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.

‘Maguire is a role model, he should hang his head in shame and return to Greece to apologise.’ 

Maguire’s brother Joe who plays for non-league team Ilkeston Town, was also found guilty of assault, attacking police and attempted bribery while a third man, 29-year-old Christopher Sharman, was guilty of two assault charges and another of verbal abuse.

All three had denied the charges based on the evidence of four policemen. 

Today, Maguire’s lawyer claimed in court that the footballer’s sister Daisy was injected with a date rape drug by two mysterious Albanian men outside the bar the defendants were at.

Daisy collapsed, triggering a brawl, and police rushed to the scene, with the Albanians fleeing, the court was told.

The court heard that Maguire and his group asked to be taken to hospital after the brawl, but were stopped by undercover police. 

After more violent clashes, the three accused were driven to a police station, where officers kicked Maguire on the leg and told him: ‘Your career is over’. 

However, officer Mickolos Kolios claimed while giving evidence that Maguire began pushing officers and getting verbally abusive.

He claimed the footballer and his brother Joe tried to bribe officers, with Harry saying: ‘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.’ 

The court also heard that Maguire said ‘f*** the police both inside and outside the station. 

The charges Harry Maguire, his brother Joe and friend Christopher Sharman were found guilty of after Mykonos brawl

Harry Maguire

GUILTY: Assault

GUILTY: Verbal abuse

GUILTY: Assault against police officers

GUILTY: Attempted bribery

Joe Maguire 

GUILTY: Assault

GUILTY: Assault against police officers

GUILTY: Attempted bribery  

Christopher Sharman

GUILTY: Assault

GUILTY: Assault against police officers

GUILTY: Verbal abuse

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