Shadow of Mykonos police attack hangs over England’s Harry Maguire as World Cup looms

He hopes to call up England for the World Cup before the tournament begins in just four weeks, but a shadow lingers on former captain Harry Maguire – his police assault conviction two years ago.

His appeal won’t be heard until next year, and six officers who said they were assaulted are still waiting for an apology from him, The Mail on Sunday reveals.

The fallout from the Mykonos brawl in August 2020 comes as England manager Gareth Southgate considers whether to include Maguire in the tournament squad.

Footballer Harry Maguire walked out of a court on the Greek island of Syros in August 2020

Footballer Harry Maguire walked out of a court on the Greek island of Syros in August 2020

The Manchester United defender, who earns £190,000 a week, has been found guilty of assaulting and then attempting to bribe up to six officers at a police station while on vacation with eight family and friends.

He was given a 21-month suspended prison sentence in 2020, but he immediately appealed, and is scheduled to be heard on June 3 next year on the neighboring island of Syros.

Under Greek law, Maguire, 29, will not have a criminal record unless the sentence is upheld.

The footballer (pictured on holiday in Mykonos) was found guilty of assaulting and attempting to bribe the six police officers.  He was sentenced to 21 months' probation

The footballer (pictured on holiday in Mykonos) was found guilty of assaulting and attempting to bribe the six police officers. He was sentenced to 21 months’ probation

Ioannis Iakovos Paradisis, the officers’ attorney, said last night: “Maguire should apologize for attacking officers who were doing their job. He should at least condemn the violence in general.”

“That’s what my customers want. But neither he nor Manchester United have done it. I’m confident we will win the case. The Maguire people claim to have video footage of the incident on their phones, but I haven’t seen it yet. No one has produced it.”

Maguire became the world’s most expensive defender when he was bought from Leicester City for £80m.

But his image has been tarnished by the events of August 21, 2020 when he was vacationing with a group including future wife Vern Hawkins, 28, sister Daisy, 24, and brother Joe, 26, for £29,000 – one week at Villa V. Mykonos. After sipping the day at a beach club, they headed to the exclusive Bonbonniere Bar in downtown Mykonos and were said to have spent thousands.

In the middle of the night, the bar closed and Maguire’s group waited outside for a car to bring them back.

She and the police argue about what happened next. Days later, Maguire and his group were arguing with two other men when they were spotted by plainclothes police, according to court records. Police said four officers tried to “de-escalate the situation.” The two men left, but Maguire’s group “began to create problems.”

Harry Maguire and his wife Fern Hawkins vacation on the Greek island of Mykonos in August 2020

Harry Maguire and his wife Fern Hawkins vacation on the Greek island of Mykonos in August 2020

Maguire is said to have become abusive, telling officers, “Damn the police, damn you all.”

As the court heard, his brother Joe beat a police officer. The police asked the Greek bus driver to take the group to the police station while the officers followed him. But the brothers are said to have escaped at the train station and only stopped when officers shouted at them.

Uniformed police officers went to arrest Maguire, but according to records, Maguire began pushing and roughing them while their hands were tied. Inside the station he is said to have shouted: “Fuck Greece, damn the police.”

The police claimed that the star said, “I’m rich, I’m famous and I have a lot of money. I’m the boss [sic] from Manchester. I’ll give you all the money you want.” His lawyers said they believed he was giving bribes, not an on-the-spot fine.

But the court also heard evidence from Ashden Morley, a childhood friend who was with the group. He said the fight started after two men “of Albanian looks” tried to inject Maguire’s sister Daisy with a substance. He said the group thought they were going to the hospital when the truck stopped in a yard and several men tried to get it out. He added that Maguire and his brother ran away when they thought they were being kidnapped.

Last night, Mr. Paradisis cast doubt on allegations that the men tried to inject Daisy, adding: “They didn’t mention it at the police station. Daisy never complained.”

Maguire was found guilty of assaulting police, resisting arrest, and attempted bribery, and was given a 21-month suspended sentence. His brother and friend Chris Sharman was given a 13-month suspended prison sentence.

When Maguire was told he did not accept that he had done anything wrong, Mr. Paradis said: “How arrogant is that? We have police officers who have been beaten up. He cannot deny that.”

Last night, a Manchester United spokesperson and Maguire referred the Department of S to a statement issued by the club in August 2020: “Harry Maguire has pleaded not guilty to all charges against him and continues to vigorously plead his innocence.”

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