Harry Maguire breaks silence and claims ‘I’m the victim’ after guilty verdict

Manchester United captain Harry Maguire vowed to clear his name after being found guilty of aggravated assault, resisting arrest and repeated attempts of bribery by a Greek court on Tuesday.

The 27-year-old was arrested in the early hours of Friday after an alleged incident on the island of Mykonos, with the defender appearing at a hearing the following day in the neighbouring island of Syros.

Maguire is now back in the UK and did not attend the court case on Tuesday, when – just hours after receiving the backing of England manager Gareth Southgate – he was found guilty of the charges.

The England defender has been handed a suspended prison sentence of 21 months and 10 days – and the United skipper vowed to appeal.

Maguire said: "Following the hearing today, I have instructed my legal team with immediate effect to inform the courts we will be appealing.

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

The Football Association have yet to comment on the matter but Manchester United released a statement following the hearing in Syros.

A club statement read: "Manchester United notes the verdict of the Greek court today.

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"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."

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