Harry Maguire mentioned he was scared for his life and won’t be apologising for an incident in Myknonos, throughout an emotional interview with the BBC.
The Manchester United captain was given a suspended jail sentence of 21 months and 10 days after being discovered responsible of assault, resisting arrest and tried bribery following his arrest on the Greek island final Thursday.
In his first televised look for the reason that brawl, Maguire broke down as he informed the BBC’s Sports activities Editor Dan Roan, he had feared for his life.
“It was horrible it’s not one thing I ever wish to do once more I don’t want it on anyone,” he mentioned, talking about his expertise with Greek police.
“It’s the primary time I had ever been inside a jail.”
“I don’t really feel like I owe an apology to anybody – an apology is one thing you give when you’ve gotten accomplished one thing unsuitable.
“I remorse being within the state of affairs. Clearly the state of affairs made it troublesome. I play for one of many largest golf equipment on the planet so I remorse placing the followers and the membership by means of this.”
The United defender was requested if he accepted that he had been ‘asking for bother’ when he visited the bar that night time.
Maguire replied: “No. I believe it may have occurred anyplace. I really like Greece.
“I believe us footballers get a little bit of stick from making an attempt to steer clear of all the things. It’s not how I wish to reside my life.”
The footballer has beforehand claimed the brawl started following an incident together with his youthful sister, who had been approached by two males.
“These two males approached my little sister they usually requested her the place she was from. She responded.
“My fiancé Fern noticed my little sisters’ eyes go into the again of her head. She ran over she was fainting out and in of consciousness,” Maguire mentioned, as he appeared to cry.
Maguire informed the BBC he believed he and his group have been being taken to a close-by hospital, however have been as a substitute taken to a neighborhood police station.
“My preliminary thought was we have been getting kidnapped. We acquired down on our knees and put our arms within the air.
“After which they simply began hitting us. He was hitting me within the leg saying no extra soccer, your profession is over, you gained’t play once more.
“At this level I assumed there isn’t a likelihood these are police – I don’t know who they’re – so I attempted to run away I used to be in that a lot of a panic. Worry. I used to be scared for my life.”
Requested by the interviewer if he tried to bribe Greek police, Maguire mentioned: “No, as quickly as I’ve seen that assertion… it’s simply ridiculous.”
“It has been a large privilege to play for the membership by no means thoughts to be a captain. Clearly it’s not my choice to make,” he mentioned, talking about his future as captain at Manchester United.
“I hope the retrial will give us extra time to arrange, collect proof, enable witnesses into the court docket. I’m actually assured that the reality will come out.”
Maguire instantly declared his intention to enchantment after being discovered responsible, and insisted himself and his household have been the actual victims following the incident throughout a household vacation.
The enchantment was lodged on Wednesday morning and it instantly overturns the responsible verdict, that means Maguire will likely be free to journey with out restriction.
Maguire and his authorized staff stay satisfied that the decision will likely be overturned on enchantment.