Harry Maguire latest news: Man Utd star dropped from England squad as he's given 21-month suspended sentence in Greece

GARETH Southgate has dropped Harry Maguire from his England squad to take on Iceland and Denmark after the Man Utd captain was found guilty in Greece of assault, resisting arrest and bribery.

The £85million England star, 27, avoided prison and was instead handed a 21 month and ten day suspended sentence for three years.

His brother Joe and pal Chris were given suspended sentences of 13 months.

Southgate said: "In light of this evening’s developments, I can confirm I have withdrawn Harry Maguire from the England squad for the matches against Iceland and Denmark.

"As I said earlier today, I reserved the right to review the situation. Having spoken to Manchester United and the player, I have made this decision in the best interests of all parties and with consideration of the impact on our preparations for next week."

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    Harry Maguire has been withdrawn from the England squad for the matches against Iceland and Denmark, manager Gareth Southgate has announced.

    It follows a guilty verdict being issued in Greece this afternoon.


    Dad-of-two Joe is also a footballer and played for Scunthorpe United, Nuneaton Town and Boston United before signing for Gainsborough Trinity in 2018.

    But he recently left the Northern Premier League club in search of first team football.

    Joe joined Harry and their sister Daisy for a week of partying in Mykonos before the arrest.


    Maguire's defence argued his request to pay the police officers may have been lost in translation.

    They suggested Maguire may have been asking to pay a “fine” to be released.

    His lawyer said the defendants had been beaten, confirmed by a forensic expert, and that Maguire became angry only after he was as hit on his dominant leg.


    Former Leicester City player Maguire's trip to the popular Greek holiday island followed his club's semi-final defeat by Sevilla in the Europa League in Cologne.

    Maguire has earned 26 England caps since making his debut against Lithuania in a World Cup qualifier in 2018.

    United paid Leicester £80million – a world record fee for a defender – for Maguire in August 2019 and he was made captain at the start of this year.


    All six of the police officers involved on Thursday night were carrying out covert patrols in Mykonos town.

    Only four gave evidence at Maguire's trial today.

    One, Georgios Gilembesis, told the court the group had been seen fighting with a group of other men beside a black van.


    He then added: “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.”


    Ioannis Paradissis, lawyer for two of the six policemen involved in the case, called the defender a “disgrace” and accused him of “inventing a pack of lies”.

    He told MailOnline: “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.

    “He should hang his head in shame and return to Greece to apologise.”


    The verdicts come after a bombshell one-day trial heard how the brawl between cops and the trio erupted when Maguire's sister Daisy was “injected with a rape drug”.

    One cop required first aid when handcuffed Maguire attempted to break free – as another pal yelled “f**k, f**k the police”.

    After they were taken inside a police station, £190,000-a-week Maguire boasted about how “rich” he was as he tried to pay police off, it was said.

    He bragged: “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”.

    Maguire is then said to have continued boasting about how “very rich” he is, adding: “I am the captain of Manchester United”.


    “We recognise if you are a player with England who has a profile, there are expectations and there is also attention and focus which goes with that – clearly if you are the captain of Manchester United that is the same,” the England boss said earlier.

    “He is fully aware of that, and I think it is the same for all of our players really. We know there is a responsibility in wider society.

    “We have a fantastic connection with our fans and he has been a big part of that over the last couple of years.”


    Harry Maguire's fiancee earlier slammed "lying" Greek cops for trying to ruin the Man Utd star's "reputation".

    Fern Hawkins, who was in Mykonos with the centre-back at the time of the brawl, launched into a passionate defence of her boyfriend before he was found guilty of a string of charges today.

    A cop had claimed at the trial today that the £85million Utd captain boasted “Don't you know who I am” when he was arrested.

    Fern wrote on Twitter: “These people are trying their best to ruin Harry’s reputation & anyone who believes these lies are deluded.

    “Harry knew they knew exactly who he was as they repeatedly beat him moments before, shouting his football career is over & that he would never play again.

    “Makes me sick.”


    The 27-year-old England international, was one of three people arrested on Thursday after an altercation with police.

    He has, and continues to, deny any wrongdoing.

    He was detained for two days following the incident.

    Deliberations at the courthouse on the nearby island of Syros, where Maguire was represented by his lawyers, lasted more than seven hours.


    Maguire's dad Alan travelled to the court on the Greek island of Syros today to support his sons.

    But none of the defendants – including Maguire – were in court today.


    Speaking after the verdict, a lawyer for the prosecution slammed the group for their “appalling behaviour”.

    He added: “We found their behaviour to be totally unsportsmanlike because instead of asking for apologies, they haven't said they are sorry.

    “When you're a sportsman and a role model you have to accept what you've done and say sorry.”


    Harry Maguire wrote his family have been the victims following the guilty verdict.

    The England star said in a statement: “Following the hearing, I have instructed my legal team with immediate effect to inform the courts we will be appealing.

    “I remain strong + confident regarding our innocence in this matter – if anything myself, family + friends are the victims.”


    The £190,000-a-week centre-back will now appeal against his conviction, Man Utd confirmed in a statement.

    But the verdict will no doubt plunge Maguire's career into chaos and could see him stripped of his captaincy at Man Utd.

    It could also throw his international career into jeopardy just hours after Gareth Southgate named him in his England squad for the upcoming Nations League games.

    But the strict gaffer warned centre-back Maguire's place could be dropped “if facts or information changes”.


    “Manchester United notes the verdict of the Greek court today. Harry Maguire pleaded not guilty to all of the misdemeanour charges made against him and he continues to strongly assert his innocence.

    “It should be noted that the prosecution confirmed the charges and provided their evidence late on the day before the trial, giving the defence team minimal time to digest them and prepare. A request for the case to be adjourned was subsequently denied.

    “On this basis, along with the substantial body of evidence refuting the charges, Harry Maguire’s legal team will now appeal the verdict, to allow a full and fair hearing at a later date.”


    None of the defendants have been ordered to pay any fines.

    Maguire's sentence will be suspended for three years.


    Harry Maguire has been handed a 21 month and 10 day suspended sentence.

    Earlier this afternoon he was found guilty of aggravated assault, resisting arrest, and bribery attempts after a brawl in Mykonos.

    His brother Joe and pal Chris Sharman were given 13 month suspended sentences.


    Before the Greek judge's verdict, a trial was held on the neighbouring island of Syros today.

    The court was told Maguire's sister Daisy was injected in the arm by Albanian men, causing her to faint.

    In evidence, friend Ashden Morley said: “We held Daisy. Daisy began to start fitting. All the girls were screaming.

    “People were coming down asking what happened, there was a large commotion.”


    Harry Maguire's lawyer claimed the footballer "loves Ancient Greek culture" and would never say "f*** Greece", in a bizarre defence today.

    Maguire's top human rights lawyer Alexis Anagnostakis told the trial in Syros today the bribery charge testimonies are vague.

    He said: “They didn't specify what he wanted to pay.”

    The lawyer added: “They would never say 'f**k Greece', they love the country and are keen on the ancient Greek culture.”


    Maguire's lawyers told the court earlier there is video shot from outside Mykonos police station showing how the police “mistreated” the group.

    The footage also shows them in a state of “extreme agony”,Alexis Anagnostakis said.

    The lawyer added: “My clients did not beat anyone, accost anyone, or injure anyone.”


    The Manchester United footballer was named in Gareth Southgate's England squad for the upcoming Nations League games, despite fears he would miss out.

    Maguire's top human rights lawyer Alexis Anagnostakis earlier tried three times to postpone the case but the judge dismissed his protests.


    A police officer was punched and one needed first aid when a scuffle allegedly broke out between officers and the trio

    After being taken to a police station, Maguire was kicked in the leg by a cop who told him his career was "over", it was said

    The court was told Maguire then tried to pay cops off – boasting: “Don't you know who I am?”


    The trio are set to be sentenced shortly, after being found guilty this afternoon.

    It comes after Maguire's lawyers claimed his sister's eyes rolled back in her head and she began fitting after being injected with a “rape drug”.

    A friend told the court the footballer stepped in to defend her.


    Maguire has today been found GUILTY of assault, resisting arrest and bribery over the Mykonos brawl.

    The bribery charges carry a maximum sentence of up to five years in jail and a fine.

    It is not yet clear what verdict brother Joe Maguire or pal Chris Sharman, who stood trial alongside him, have got.

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