Harry Maguire, Man Utd captain arrested in Greece, charged for 'punching police officer'

They threw down at least two policemen, hit them with their fists and kicked them
Manchester United's Harry Maguire Detained in Greece

Captain Harry Maguire of Manchester United was arrested in Greece on Thursday after a brawl with police officers on Mykonos Island.

In the early hours of the morning on the Greek island, the 27-year-old England international, who is on holiday in Greece, was arrested along with two other people after an altercation outside a pub.

Since the trio rounded off officers, Greek police said Friday that Maquire was "verbally abusive to an officer and then hit him".

Spokesman Petros Vassilakis added:

"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.

"I can't tell you what they were telling us. All English swear words against the authorities and against the work of the police."

Maquire was later moved to the island of Syros where he is currently facing 'aggravated assault' charges

Maguire's lawyer Konstantinos Darivas said Saturday he disputes the accusations and is "fully convinced he will be released without any charges".

Maguire joined United in August 2019 for £80 m from Leicester-a world record fee for the defender.

"The club is aware of an alleged incident involving Harry Maguire in Mykonos last night," United said in a statement on Friday.

"Contact has been made with Harry, and he is fully cooperating with the Greek authorities. At this time we will be making no further comment."

In a statement, Greek police said officers had attempted to break up an argument between two groups outside a pub, and the three foreigners had physically insulted one of the officers and attacked it.

The statement claimed that after arriving at Mykonos police station, the three arrested individuals then "strongly resisted, pushing and hitting three police officers" and that "one of the detainees tried to offer money so that the trial against them would not be completed".

The police say a file has been opened which includes accusations of "violence against officials, disobedience, bodily harm, insult and attempted bribery of an official".