Manchester United captain Harry Maguire was released from police custody on Saturday after pleading not guilty to charges relating to a brawl on the Greek island of Mykonos, according to Reuters’ Michele Kambas and Martyn Herman.
Under Greek law, Maguire isn’t required to attend Tuesday’s court hearing and can be represented by his lawyer, Kambas and Herman explain. The English international is therefore free to return home.
Maguire, his brother, and a friend stand accused of being involved in a brawl with another group of British tourists outside a bar on Thursday night. A police officer was allegedly punched at the scene before a second fight broke out at the police station as the three men resisted arrest, shoving and striking officers. Overall, four police officers apparently suffered slight injuries over the two altercations.
Local police say one suspect tried to bribe officers to hush up the incidents.
The police have apparently opened a file that includes accusations of assault, resisting arrest, verbally insulting and threatening the arresting officers, and attempted bribery. It is not clear which specific charges Maguire faces.
“Following the appearance in court today we note the adjournment of the case to allow the legal team to consider the case file,” reads a statement released by Manchester United on Saturday, as quoted by BBC Sport.
“Harry has pleaded not guilty to the charges. It would be inappropriate for the player or club to comment further while the legal process takes its course.”
An earlier statement from United said Maguire was “fully co-operating with the Greek authorities.”
The world’s most expensive defender traveled to Mykonos following Manchester United’s Europa League semifinal defeat to Sevilla last Sunday. The holiday destination is renowned for its lively night scene and is popular with sports stars and celebrities.