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‘Do you know who I am?’ Lawyers reveal details of Harry Maguire altercation as trial begins


Harry Maguire was kicked in the leg by police officers who told him "your career is over", the Manchester United football star's lawyer has told a Greek court.

The prosecution alleged that once Maguire arrived at a police station, he said: "Do you know who I am? I am the captain of Manchester United, I am very rich, I can give you money, I can pay you, please let us go."

Plain clothes police officers intervened to try calm the situation, but the "English men" did not, and one of the defendants said "f***, f*** the police" and one punched an officer, it was claimed.

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The court had been asked to postpone proceedings over Maguire's alleged involvement in a brawl on the island of Mykonos in Greece – with his legal team claiming they did not have enough time to prepare.

But the trial went ahead against his defence team's wishes on Tuesday, with his lawyer Alexis Anagnostakis telling the court in Syros that two Albanian men had approached Maguire's sister Daisy – who fainted immediately after being injected with an unknown substance.


They called for transport and asked to be driven to hospital, but were instead taken to a police station.

Mr Anagnostakis alleged that when they arrived, Maguire was kicked in the leg by police officers who told him: "Your career is over."

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Earlier, Mr Anagnostakis said the list of charges was finalised just yesterday, so he only received a hard copy of the file this morning – two hours before the trial.

He didn't even have the time to discuss the charges in depth with his client, he added.

Mr Anagnostakis said he has in his possession a video from outside the police station on Mykonos, which he said shows the three defendants on the night in a state of "extreme agony", which he needed more time to verify.

Manchester United's Harry Maguire during the UEFA Europa League round of 16 second leg match at Old Trafford, Manchester. Wednesday August 5, 2020. See PA story SOCCER Man Utd. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire.
Image: Manchester United captain Maguire was on holiday in Mykonos with his family

Maguire was not in attendance and has already pleaded not guilty to charges of aggravated assault and attempted bribery of an official.

The England defender spent two nights in custody last week after he was arrested during a holiday with family and friends on the Greek island of Mykonos.

The 27-year-old was arrested following an alleged brawl, along with two other Britons.

Police said there had been an altercation and an exchange of words with an officer who tried to break up the fight.

Maguire became the world's most expensive defender following his £80m move last summer from Leicester.

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