Man United Captain Maguire released after two days in detention


Manchester United captain Harry Maguire has been released by a Greek prosecutor after pleading not guilty  following his arrest on the island of Mykonos.

Local TV footage showed Maguire leaving a courthouse on neighbouring Syros Island, apparently accompanied by members of his legal team, and boarding a dark minivan.

A court date for the 27-year-old has been set for Tuesday but Maguire can be represented by his lawyer and will now return home.

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It is not clear what specific charges the England defender faces.

Maguire did not comment after leaving court on Saturday and his lawyer told Sky he was a free man “right now”.

The Syros prosecutor’s office said on Friday that “three foreigners” had been arrested after an alleged altercation with police officers in Mykonos on Thursday.

The police say a file has been opened which includes accusations of “violence against officials, disobedience, bodily harm, insult and attempted bribery of an official”.

Maguire, who was on holiday in Greece, joined United from Leicester for £80m – a world record fee for a defender – in August 2019.

A United statement said: “Following the appearance in court today we note the adjournment of the case to allow the legal team to consider the case file.

“Harry has pleaded not guilty to the charges. It would be inappropriate for the player or club to comment further while the legal process takes its course.”

Greek police said in a statement on Friday that officers had tried to break up an altercation between two groups outside a bar and that the three foreigners had then verbally abused and assaulted one of the officers.

The statement claimed that after arriving at Mykonos police station, the three arrested individuals then “strongly resisted, pushing and hitting three police officers” and that “one of the detainees tried to offer money so that the trial against them would not be completed”.