Man Utd star Harry Maguire ‘could pay £90,000 to avoid jail over Mykonos fight’
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Manchester United star Harry Maguire may have to pay £90,000 to avoid jail over his fight on the Greek island of Mykonos.
The Mirror have reported that the Red Devils captain has been warned he is facing jailed for three years – but could get out of it by paying half of his week’s pay.
The 27-year-old appeared in court on the neighbouring island of Syros, playing not guilty to charges concerning a brawl on Thursday.
Maguire, who arrived at the court wearing a face mask, was grilled by the local prosecutor for almost two hours.
If the defender was convicted, he could be paying a daily sum to avoid spending in jail – part of a scheme to stop overcrowding in Greek jails.
With the 27-year-old facing three years in jail, that would add up to £90,000, which is just under half of his £190,000-a-week salary.
Despite the grilling in the Greek court, Maguire is not required to appear in person at the next hearing, leaving him free to fly home by private jet.
Unconfirmed reports emerged that Maguire’s sister Daisy, 20, was attacked with a sharp object in the melee late on Thursday night.
It was alleged that rival fans goaded the United captain about the 1958 Munich air disaster that killed 23 United players, staff and air crew.
The charges against the Englishman remain unclear, but police say it includes accusations of “violence against officials, disobedience, bodily harm, insult and attempted bribery of an official”.
Reports also emerged that a bribery case had been withdrawn – but a police source has denied this.
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Greek lawyer Panagiotis Petropoulos, vice president of the Piraeus Bar Association, told the Sunday Mirror: “The maximum theoretical sentencing could be up to seven-and-a-half years. It is understood the total would more likely be three years because a court would sentence concurrently.
“However, in the Greek penal system any sentence up to three years can be bought on a per day basis, meaning Mr Maguire can pay a set fee to avoid any jail time.”
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Another source said the incident happened after Maguire’s sister was stabbed, adding: “Harry has told police he was just trying to protect his sister.
“He felt like he was being targeted by this other group, who were also goading him with insults, including about the Munich air disaster.
“He’s really struggling psychologically right now. He’s a strong character, but he never expected his holiday to turn out this way.”
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