Harry Maguire appeals against guilty verdict by Greek court

Harry Maguire has dodged jail after being found guilty of assault, resisting arrest, and bribery over the Mykonos brawl.

Harry Maguire’s legal team has lodged an appeal against the guilty verdict in a Greek court that led to a suspended jail sentence for the Manchester United captain, the club confirmed on Wednesday.

The England defender was handed a suspended sentence of 21 months and 10 days on Tuesday after being found guilty of assaulting a police officer, attempted bribery and other charges.

The appeal nullifies Maguire’s conviction and there will be a full retrial in a more senior court.

The 27-year-old was arrested last week after an alleged incident at a nightclub in Mykonos and spent two nights in police custody before flying home.

Maguire, who did not attend Tuesday’s trial on the island of Syros, had quickly indicated his intention to appeal, releasing a statement suggesting he and his family and friends were the victims.

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A United spokesman said on Wednesday that Maguire’s legal team had lodged an appeal.

“In accordance with the Greek judicial process, the filing of an appeal extinguishes the initial court verdict and nullifies the conviction,” he said.

“The appeal has been accepted and will lead to a full retrial in a more senior court. This means that Harry has no criminal record and is once again presumed innocent until proven guilty. Accordingly, he is not subject to any international travel restrictions.”

United’s public support for the player is understood to be an indication that he will remain as club captain.

Maguire’s brother Joe and friend Christopher Sharman were also found guilty on a range of charges and sentenced to 13 months in prison, suspended for three years.

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All three men denied all the charges.

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