Harry Maguire has spoken in a Greek court for the first time since being sentenced to 21 months and appeared to admit his future as the Manchester United captain is out of his hands.
Speak with BBC News On Thursday evening, the English defender broke his silence after the brawl that broke out on the Greek island of Mykonos last week. The 27-year-old has been found guilty of repeated assault, attempted bribery, violence against public employees and insults following his arrest.
Maguire, whose legal team has appealed the verdict and a full retrial will take place, was clearly emotional as he described what happened that night, adding that whether or not to remain captain of the United States was "not his choice".
Harry Maguire first spoke about the incident in Mykonos on Thursday evening
Manchester United captain Maguire said his future as a skipper was "not his choice".
When asked who he owed an apology to, Maguire said, "I don't feel like I owe anyone an apology.
“An apology is something when you've done something wrong. I am sorry to be in the situation.
"Obviously the situation made it difficult and I am playing for one of the biggest clubs in the world. I regret having brought the fans and the club to this."
Maguire, who signed with United from Leicester City last summer for a record £ 80m transfer fee for an English player, was named United captain in January.
After Gareth removed Southgate from his English squad this week in court on the Greek island of Syros Maguire for next week's internationals, Maguire's future as his club's skipper was in doubt – even though United have so far been ready for their player.
Maguire was sentenced to a 21-month suspended sentence on the Greek island of Syros this week
"It's a huge privilege to play for the club, no matter, captain." It's not my choice, ”Maguire replied when asked if he could stay United captain.
"I have great faith in Greek law. A retrial will give us more time to prepare, gather evidence and have witnesses in court. I am really confident that the truth will be told and come out."
Maguire, who asked the BBC to keep his current location a secret, vowed to fight to clear his name, stating, "I am confident the truth will be told".
The world's most expensive defense attorney also denied allegations that he bribed police officers, calling the statement read out in court as "ridiculous".
Maguire was interviewed for the first time since his conviction following a brawl in Mykonos
In a statement on Wednesday, Manchester United said the Maguire legal team had filed the complaint and that it had been accepted.
The conviction of the father of two will now "remain inactive" until the outcome of his appeal, which can last up to three years.
This means that despite his initial conviction, he will not have a criminal record as the case is still ongoing. If he loses his calling, his belief becomes final and he is given a record.
Maguire said the trouble started when two men approached his little sister at the club on Mykonos.
Maguire said the trouble started when two men approached his little sister Daisy (pictured)
He said, “These two men approached my little sister and asked her where she was from. She replied and then my fiancée watched TV as my little sister's eyes went into the back of her head and she ran over and she passed out in and out of consciousness … & # 39;
He also said that plainclothes police ran over the group's van and dropped it. He tried to run away with a handcuff because he feared for his life.
A shaken Maguire said, “My first thought was that we would be kidnapped. We got on our knees and put our hands in the air and then they just hit us in the legs and said my career was over, no more football, you won't play anymore.
"At that point, I thought there was no chance they were cops. I don't know who they are, so I tried to run away, I feared for my life."
Before the incident, he had enjoyed a pleasant short break on the idyllic Greek island
Maguire was asked by the BBC & # 39; s Dan Roan for accepting asking for trouble by going to a busy bar on popular tourist island.
He said, “No, it could have happened anywhere. I love greece. I think footballers get a little stick for trying to stay away from everything, but it's not how I want to live my life.
The 27-year-old also described what it was like to spend two nights in detention.
He said, “It was horrible that I never want to do anything again, I don't wish anyone else. It's the first time I've been in a prison. & # 39;
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