Kapitän Harry Maguire of England’s record champions Manchester United has been sentenced to twenty-one months and ten days in prison after his arrest in Greece. The 27-year-old was found guilty of repeated assault, attempted bribery, violence against officials and insult by the court. Maguire’s older brother Joe, 28, and a friend were also found guilty. As Manchester United announced on Tuesday evening, Maguire will appeal and continue to emphatically deny all allegations.
Harry Maguire was arrested Thursday night on the vacation island of Mykonos. The police had to intervene to end a fight between two groups of tourists. The Greek TV broadcaster Mega reported that the situation around Maguire had escalated after a person from the other group allegedly beat his sister.
Then the England international, his brother and a friend had an argument with police officers, four were slightly injured. According to the police, one of the suspects is said to have also tried to bribe the officers to cover up the incident. Both Maguire brothers now have to answer for bribery. Harry Maguire was released from police custody on Saturday.
Regardless of the negative headlines about himself, Maguire was appointed to the Three Lions squad for the Nations League duels in Iceland and Denmark in early September on Tuesday. Hours later, the role was backwards. England team manager Gareth Southgate canceled the professional according to his own statement because of the “developments in the evening”. This was announced by the FA association.
“I reserved the right to look into the situation,” Southgate was quoted as saying. After talks with Manchester United and the player, he “made this decision in the best interests of all parties and taking into account the effects on our preparations for the next week”. Southgate had already cracked down on misconduct by its stars in the past and did not take into account, among others, Raheem Sterling from Manchester City.
Jadon Sancho is meanwhile in the squad for the games of the English national team. Southgate nominated the 20-year-old professional from the Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday as expected. The two international matches will be played in Rejkjavik on September 5th and in Copenhagen on September 8th.