Manchester United captain Harry Maguire has been found guilty of aggravated assault during his vacation in Greece earlier this month.
The Premier League star assaulted policemen in Greece and he has been handed a suspended sentence now.
The Premier League club have maintained that they will support the player through the ordeal and manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer does not plan to take the armband off him because of the incident.
“An appeal against yesterday’s verdict was lodged this morning by Harry’s legal team. In accordance with the Greek judicial process, the filing of an appeal extinguishes the initial court verdict and nullifies the conviction,” the club explained in a statement released on Wednesday.
“The appeal has been accepted and will lead to a full retrial in a more senior court. This means that Harry has no criminal record and is once again presumed innocent until proven guilty. Accordingly, he is not subject to any international travel restrictions.”
The player was recently named in the England squad for the upcoming internationals but manager Gareth Southgate has now confirmed that Harry Maguire has been withdrawn from the squad.
It will be interesting to see what other repercussions Maguire has to face in the coming weeks now.
The player’s behaviour during his holiday was not befitting of someone representing his country and a club like Manchester United.
The former Leicester City star is the most expensive defensive signing in the history of Manchester United and he should have conducted himself better.
With the new Premier League season starting in the next three weeks it will be interesting to see if Maguire is reinstated into the starting lineup despite the current situation.