Manchester United football club captain Harry Maguire’s trial on charges of assault and attempted bribery following a late-night incident on a Greek island has been postponed until Tuesday after he testified before a prosecutor on Saturday.
The 27-year-old England defender and two others are not obliged to attend the trial and are free to return home, the prosecutor’s office said.
The three defendants were charged with multiple instances of assault and battery over a fight they had with others on Mykonos, an island in the Cyclades group in the Aegean Sea.
Police tried to break up the fight. Maguire and another defendant are also charged with attempted bribery and assault against a policeman.
“When the brawl was all sorted out, one of the two groups – with the football players – started verbally abusing officers,” police spokesman, Petros Vassilakis, was quoted as telling local media earlier on Saturday.
“There were several policemen there. At some point, one of the three members of the group – they were aged 27, 28, and 29 – threw a swing at one of the policemen and a fight ensued. All of the three were arrested but during the effort to do so, the other two, including the football player, got violent also. They threw down at least two policemen, hit them with their fists and kicked them.
“I can’t tell you what they were telling us. All English swear words against the authorities and against the work of the police. All three, including the football player, are being held in custody, locked up in Mykonos cell.”
United said Maguire would be leaving Greece.
“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.”
United’s players are on their offseason break after losing to Sevilla in the Europa League semi-finals on Sunday.
Twenty-seven-year-old Maguire is the world’s most expensive defender, having signed for United from Leicester last year in a deal worth $97m.
He became captain midway through his first season at Old Trafford.
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