Manchester United captain Harry Maguire has been accused of attempting to bribe police following his arrest after a rowdy night out on the Greek island of Mykonos.
The England international was detained overnight, along with two other men, after an altercation during which Maguire was said to have become ‘very abusive and aggressive’ towards officers.
Maguire, 27, and his cohorts were set to be transferred to Syros today where they were due to face a state prosecutor and are likely to spend another night behind bars.
‘’A case file was opened against the trio for the occasional offenses of violence against officials – court officials, disobedience, bodily harm, insult and attempted bribery of an employee,’’ confirmed a statement from the Greek court on Friday.
The fracas took place outside the Fabrica bar in the early hours of Friday morning. When police attempted to intervene, they were confronted by a group of individuals, including Maguire.
‘’When the brawl was all sorted out, one of the two groups – with the football players – started verbally abusing officers,’’ Petros Vassilakis, a police spokesman, said.
‘‘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 in a statement that they were aware of the incident and claimed Maguire was fully co-operating with the Greek authorities.