Maguire appeals against guilty verdict handed down by Greek court

MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM (AFP) – 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 in Mykonos and spent two nights in police custody before flying home.

Maguire had quickly indicated his intention to appeal, releasing a statement suggesting he and his family and friends were the victims.

A United spokesman said on 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.”