Manchester United football megastar Harry Maguire found himself in even hotter water late on Friday after being accused of trying to bribe the police after being arrested for his part in a huge brawl on the Greek island of Mykonos on Thursday night.
After being taken in for questioning regarding his part in the melee, in which he allegedly attacked police who were called to break up the initial fight, the 27-year-old Maguire is now accused of attempting to bribe the police who brought him into the island’s police station.
The brawl was initially between the trio of Maguire, his brothers and a friend and other groups of Englishmen who were in the Fabrika area of Mykonos on holiday. After local people reported the melee to police, Maguire, who is the captain of England’s Manchester United football team, then began beating the officers when they arrived on the scene.
Maguire’s brother and friend, who had accompanied him for the evening out, are accused of assault and violence against police officers as they were entering a rented van to leave after midnight and then again after they reached the station.
Police, who were stationed on the island as part of its coronavirus enforcement efforts, were not far from the bar and they arrived quickly on the scene. However, the officers were immediately shouted at by the football star and his companions and one of them reportedly struck an officer.
According to a report in the Manchester Guardian, only one of the three took the initial swing at a policeman. Police spokesman Petros Vassilakis explained “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.”
Manchester United Football Club said in a statement: “The club is aware of an alleged incident involving Harry Maguire in Mykonos last night.
“Contact has been made with Harry, and he is fully co-operating with the Greek authorities.
“At this time we will be making no further comment.”
Maguire is one of the richest football players in the world, having signed for United last summer for £80 million ($104,700,400.00).
He was a large presence for his new team in the Premier League, scoring one goal.
It was reported that somehow the Mykonos police officers did manage to quiet the group, who, according to police, were inebriated. However, the situation took a turn for the worse when after arriving at the police station, Maguire and the other two men began “shouting and cursing” at the officers once more.
After requesting backup, the trio was arrested again after a brief pursuit. They then attempted to flee one more time but were eventually caught. Then, after arriving inside the police station, Maguire and his companions attempted to bribe the officers and continued being aggressive toward them.
It was also reported that they had calmed down the morning after and were apologetic, but the case against them will proceed nonetheless.
According to the official announcement of the police, Maguire tried to bribe, the police officers so that the case against him would not proceed. The charges against the three will include offenses of violence against civil servant officials, disobedience, bodily harm, insult and attempt to bribe a police officer.
The trio was transported by boat to police headquarters on the neighboring island of Syros, the administrative capital of the archipelago.
Local reports said that the security measures taken “both on board the ship and upon its arrival at the Police Station were draconian,” which made it nearly impossible for any members of the press to get close to the party.
Maguire was accompanied by his lawyers, Elena Karygianni and Konstantinos Darivas. He will be appearing before the Syros prosecutor on Saturday morning.