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Man Utd say Maguire did not receive fair hearing, will appeal




Man Utd say Maguire did not re...
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Man Utd say Maguire did not receive fair hearing, will appeal

Manchester United have backed their skipper Harry Maguire, despite his guilty verdict in Greece. 

The club's captain was found guilty on Tuesday of aggravated assault, resisting arrest, and repeated attempts of bribery.

He was handed a suspended sentence of 21-months and 10-days.

It follows an incident outside a bar on the Greek island of Mykonos.

But United have gone to bat for their 27-year old defender, despite the guilty verdict.

They say the "prosecution confirmed the charges and provided their evidence late on the day before the trial, giving the defence team minimal time to digest them and prepare".

A statement adds that a "substantial body of evidence refuting the charges" and Maguire's continued plea of innocence will see an appeal to allow a "fair hearing at a later date".

Manchester United statement: 

Manchester United notes the verdict of the Greek court today. Harry Maguire pleaded not guilty to all of the misdemeanour charges made against him and he continues to strongly assert his innocence.

It should be noted that the prosecution confirmed the charges and provided their evidence late on the day before the trial, giving the defence team minimal time to digest them and prepare. A request for the case to be adjourned was subsequently denied.

On this basis, along with the substantial body of evidence refuting the charges, Harry Maguire's legal team will now appeal the verdict, to allow a full and fair hearing at a later date.

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