London (AP) – English footballer Harry Maguire has made massive allegations against Greek police after he was convicted of serious bodily harm.
“I was afraid for my life. They beat me on my legs and said my career was over,” said the Manchester United captain in a BBC interview.
The 27-year-old was sentenced in absentia by a Greek court on Tuesday for assaulting a police officer and bribing officials. He was sentenced to a suspended sentence of 21 months and 10 days. Because he appealed, the trial is reopened. He will fight to the end, Maguire said.
While on vacation on the island of Mykonos, Maguire was involved in a physical fight between different parties, where he thought he was going to be kidnapped. The plainclothes police officers couldn’t identify themselves when they stopped his minivan, Maguire said. He tried to run because he had no idea who the men were. “I was in a great panic,” said Maguire, who vehemently denies all charges.
He has a clear conscience and knows the truth. “I don’t think I owe anyone an apology. You apologize if you did something wrong. I haven’t done anything wrong, ”said the center-back.
National coach Gareth Southgate took Maguire out of the team after he was convicted of the two upcoming internationals. “I like to play for my country. Physically and mentally I am ready to play. I am disappointed, but of course I get it”, said Maguire.