It’s never ideal when your captain gets arrested, as Manchester United fans have experienced with Eric Cantona and Roy Keane before now, but it was a surprise to hear that Harry Maguire had got himself in trouble when on holiday in Mykonos.
Having spent the day drinking with friends and family, as well as Marcus Rashford and Brandon Williams, the situation took a turn for the worse by the evening.
Initial reports claimed that he had been involved in a fight with another group of Englishmen before attacking police officers and trying to bribe them.
However, local reports today put a slightly different slant on the events of the evening. They suggest Maguire’s sister, Daisy, was stabbed in the arm, after rival supporters shouted “f**k United!” across the crowded bar. She was bleeding and Maguire stepped in to defend her. A brawl ensued which ended with five police officers being required to get the United captain to the floor. Two of the plain clothes officers suffered facial injuries. When at the station, the report claims a misunderstanding took place, with Maguire asking how much bail would be and them interpreting that as an offer for a bribe.
Maguire has denied all the charges and is a “free man for now” according to his lawyer. He will return to court on Tuesday where it is expected he will be asked to apologise.
Since Maguire’s release, the club has brought out a statement: “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.”