Harry Maguire has been at the centre of controversy over the weekend, following claims that he and a couple of his mates attacked Greek police and then attempted to bribe them during a bit of a fracas last Thursday night.
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The case has been rushed through to court and is being heard today and more details are emerging about what exactly happened. Maguire – who is back in the UK and not attending the court hearing – is claiming that his sister Daisy was injected with something by two Albanian men and then fainted. He says that he asked to be driven to hospital but was instead taken to a local police station where he was attacked and kicked in the leg whilst the cops yelled at him that his career was over.
The Greek police version is obviously completely different to this. They’re arguing that plain clothes police tried to diffuse a situation outside Fabrika bar but as tensions rose one officer was punched in the face. After Maguire was taken to the police station, they’re also claiming that he tried to bribe them, saying:
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.
Well. No idea who to believe here because in fairness both versions of events sound like they could be perfectly possible. Everyone knows that the police in British holiday hot spots absolutely hate the drunk behaviour of tourists and you hear about hustles like the one Maguire has described all the time, but you can also probably believe that Maguire and his mates got a bit rowdy and ended up punching someone who turned out to be an undercover cop.
Can’t really fault him on the bribery thing either as anyone in his position would probably do the same. What’s interesting here is that both sides don’t seem to be backing down about their version of events, so it’ll be fascinating to see how it ends up playing out and who the judges decide to back. Stay tuned.
For more of the same, check out this story about the birth of Harry Maguire’s child. Really funny.