Manchester United captain Harry Maguire racked up a £63,000 bar bill before his alleged attack on a policeman while on a night out with pals on the Greek island of Mykonos, fresh reports claim.
The England international was arrested after being accused of punching an officer in a brawl which broke out after his sister, Daisy, was stabbed, it was claimed this weekend.
Maguire had flown to the party island after his side crashed out of the Europa League to Sevilla last Sunday and hit a series of bars and clubs with his entourage of friends and family over the days that followed.
Witnesses say they saw the defender spending thousands of pounds drinking expensive booze and eating lobster before the trouble is said to have erupted.
It comes amid reports the 27-year-old, who appeared in court on Saturday, could pay £90,000 to avoid three years in jail if convicted of the alleged assault.
Harry Maguire leaves court on Saturday amid fresh claims he racked up a £63,000 bar bill before his alleged attack on a policeman while on a night out with pals on the Greek island of Mykonos
The England international was arrested after being accused of punching an officer in a brawl which broke out after his sister, Daisy, was stabbed, it was claimed this weekend
Maguire had flown to the party island after his side crashed out of the Europa League to Sevilla last Sunday and hit a series of bars and clubs with his entourage of friends and family over the days that followed
As Maguire prepared to fly home, it was also claimed:
- The star mistook plain-clothed officers for a gang that had targeted him and his pals
- A brawl broke out after Maguire had been taunted by supporters of rival clubs
- England boss Gareth Southgate will talk to the player before making his next international selection
- Maguire and friends had splashed out on bottles of vintage champagne and firework-decorated cocktails in a boozy five-hour session.
Witnesses claim to have seen the player and his crowd of friends’ lavish spending on huge quantities of alcohol, said to include bottles of champagne worth up to £18,000 each as well as three bottles of Jack Daniel’s whiskey, which came to £750.
Between drinks, the group, who enjoyed the freedom of a VIP area, tucked into lobster worth more than £1,000, seven ribeye steaks costing £820 plus Greek meze platters and Wagyu beef rolls.
A source told The Sun: ‘Harry has been drinking like crazy since he arrived on Mykonos.
‘He’s been spending a fortune on booze and just doesn’t seem to stop. He seemed upset about something. It was non-stop.’
It is also reported that Maguire mistook plain-clothed officers for a gang that had targeted him and his pals when he allegedly lashed out, having reportedly been told of his sister being stabbed.
A witness told The Sun: ‘Harry went spare after seeing the blood on his sister and then it all kicked off big style.
‘It was a nasty wound. Harry reacted just like anyone would if they saw a member of their family being attacked.’
Maguire was told on Saturday he was free to return to England despite having to face a trial on Tuesday.
The father-of-two also learned that, if convicted, paying £90,000 – less than half his weekly wage – could see him avoid being sent to jail under a scheme to ease overcrowding in Greek prisons, the Mirror reports.
It came as footage emerged showing a group of men jeering and gesticulating towards Maguire, who appears uncomfortable.
As well as criticism of his footballing ability, sick references to the 1958 Munich air disaster, which left seven Manchester United players dead, were heard, the Sun reported.
Maguire was grilled by a public prosecutor on the neighbouring island of Syros for almost two hours on Saturday morning after spending two nights in a cell there.
At the end of his appearance, he was instructed that he could go home and that his lawyers could represent him when his trial gets underway.
Maguire, who earns £190,000 per week, emerged from court and was whisked into a waiting van. He is expected to cut his holiday short and arrive home on Sunday morning in a private jet.
He is likely to face a dressing down from his club and explain his conduct to officials, which could result in him being stripped of the captaincy.
Ioanna Rotziolou, spokesman for the local police told MailOnline: ‘He is free to go back to England. He can be represented at Tuesday’s trial by an attorney.’
The £85million England international was arrested in Mykonos on Thursday night along with two friends, aged 28 and 29 who have not been named. They were also told that they do not have to appear at Tuesday’s trial and could return home.
According to legal sources, Maguire and his two friends have been charged with aggravated assault and verbal assault. Another charge of attempting to bribe a police officer has been dropped.
The source revealed that two local lawyers who initially represented Maguire had been replaced by two high flying lawyers that have been hired by Manchester United and have flown in from Athens to represent him.
Eyewitnesses told MailOnline that the trouble started in the Fabrika area of Mykanos, which is packed with bars and restaurants.
Manchester United captain Harry Maguire is seen leaving court after he was told that he was free to return to England despite having to face a trial on Tuesday over his alleged role in attacking three policemen while on a night out with pals on the Greek island of Mykonos
The £85million England International, who spent two nights in a jail cell, was finally released from police custody today after a closed hearing at a Greek court in Syros
Maguire was seen walking down the steps of the courthouse on Saturday morning after a closed hearing
The £85million England International allegedly attacked police officers after his younger sister (pictured) was stabbed in the arm, according to local media reports
Maguire’s sister Daisy (pictured) was then stabbed in the arm with a ‘sharp object’ and Maguire stepped in to defend her, according to local media reports
Harry Maguire (baseball cap) is escorted by plain clothes police officers to the central police station on the island of Syros, west of Mykonos, after he was arrested on Thursday night for allegedly assaulting officers during a raucous night out
Manchester United captain Harry Maguire allegedly attacked police officers after his younger sister was stabbed in the arm, according to local media reports
Maguire (centre) was seen leaving court in a navy baseball cap and blue shirt while donning a face mask
Maguire was seen walking free from a Greek court today after he and two other men were charged with aggravated assault, verbal assault and attempted bribery
Maguire’s lawyer told Sky News that the footballer denied all charges against him but didn’t specify on what grounds
Maguire, wearing a baseball cap and a pair of Gucci trainers, is escorted into Syros police station this evening after taking a one hour boat ride to his new jail cell
They claim that a group of drunken British men started baiting Maguire and his team Manchester United and even made references to the 1958 Munich air disaster, when 23 of its players died in a plane crash when returning from a match.
Kafatos, who only wanted to give his last name, a local resident who witnessed the initial fight in Fabrika before police intervened told MailOnline: ‘I’m a big football fan and recognised Harry Maguire, who was with a group of friends. They were making a lot of noise and it appeared that they had had a lot to drink.
‘Another group of British men started abusing them, saying he was a rubbish footballer and played for a rubbish team. They were also calling him a fridge and I didn’t really understand what they meant by that.’
Kafatos added: ‘Then there was a lot of shouting, swearing and they started fighting. It was a real mess. They were throwing punches, kicking each other and rolling around on the ground before the police came.’
Briton Sam Moore said: ‘This group of British lads were out for trouble and were being really abusive towards Maguire and his club.
‘I could hear them singing about the Munich air disaster and saying other vile things. You could tell that they wanted to have a punch up with Maguire. I don’t know what football team they supported but they didn’t like Manchester United, that much was obvious.’
A Manchester United spokesman said: ‘Following the appearance in court today we note the adjournment of the case to allow the legal team to consider the case file.
‘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.’
Local media reports also claim that Maguire allegedly attacked the police officers after his younger sister was stabbed in the arm.
Maguire, a father-of-two, was seen yesterday evening being taken into Syros police station by plain-clothes officers after an hour-long ferry crossing to his new jail cell with the two other men.
Police said that two of their officers suffered facial injuries during the initial scrap after they were allegedly hurled to the ground, punched and kicked.
In a statement released on Thursday afternoon, Mykonos police accused the three men of another violent altercation once they had been taken into custody. On arrival to Mykonos police station, according to the statement, the men continued to resist, ‘pushing and beating three police officers’.
The statement also said that ‘one of the detainees tried to offer money so that the trial against them would not be completed’ but did not name Maguire.
One of the three men involved in the alleged brawl was transferred to the island of Syros yesterday while wearing a mask and dark sunglasses while hiding his face from the camera
Footage taken yesterday by Maguire’s sister Daisy shows the group lounging in the sun at the SantAnna bar in Mykonos. Also in attendance were fellow United youngsters Marcus Rashford, 22, and Brandon Williams, 19, as well as Love Island star Chris Hughes, 27, and snooker player Judd Trump, 31
Three days ago, Maguire was pictured drinking at a pool party at SantAnna Bar with fellow United youngsters Marcus Rashford, 22, and Brandon Williams, 19, as well as Love Island star Chris Hughes, 27, and snooker player Judd Trump, 31 and his brother Joe Maguire. It is not clear if anybody at this party was with Maguire later that evening.
Maguire (left) was earlier on Thursday picture knocking back drinks by a pool with fellow Manchster United stars Brandon Williams (right, sitting to the left of the young woman) and Marcus Rashford (sitting to her right)
Maguire was on Thursday night pictured at the Bonbonniere Bar in Mykonos sat around a shisha table with other young men and women
Police have said that two groups of Englishmen were brawling outside Mykonos’ Fabrica bar in the early hours of Friday morning and when they tried to intervene they were rounded on by three men, including the centre-half.
‘When the brawl was all sorted out, one of the two groups – with the football players – started verbally abusing officers. There were several policemen there. At some point, one of the three members of the group – they were aged 27, 28, and 29 – threw a swing at one of the policemen and a fight ensued.’ Petros Vassilakis a police spokesman said.
‘All of the three were arrested but during the effort to do so, the other two, including the football player, got violent also. They threw down at least two policemen, hit them with their fists and kicked them.’ The police spokesman continued.
‘I can’t tell you what they were telling us. All English swear words against the authorities and against the work of the police. All three, including the football player, are being held in custody, locked up in Mykonos cell. They will appear before a state prosecutor on the island of Syros later today to be charged with aggravated assault.’
Maguire’s poolside party earlier on Thursday included snooker player Judd Trump (left), as well as fellow football colleagues Marcus Rashford and Brandon Williams (right)
In an official statement, Greek police said: ‘Three foreigners, aged 27, 28 and 29, were arrested in Mykonos by police officers of the Mykonos police department.
‘Patrolling police officers in the area of Mykonos intervened and normalised a dispute between citizens, however, three foreigners involved in the incident turned against them, insulting and hitting a police officer with fists.
‘The three foreigners were taken to the Mykonos Police Station, where upon their arrival they strongly resisted, pushing and beating three police officers.
‘One of the detainees then tried to offer money so that the trial against them would not be completed. The arrested (men) were taken to the Syros Prosecutor’s Office.’
Manchester United said in a statement: ‘The club is aware of an alleged incident involving Harry Maguire in Mykonos on Thursday night.
‘Contact has been made with Harry, and he is fully co-operating with the Greek authorities.
‘At this time we will be making no further comment.’