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Harry Maguire breaks silence since arrest in Greece

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Harry Maguire has spoken for the first time since being handed a 21-month suspended sentence in a Greek court. 

Speaking to BBC News on Thursday night, the England defender broke his silence following the brawl that broke out on the Greek island of Mykonos last week, with the 27-year-old found guilty of repeated bodily harm, attempted bribery, violence against public employees and insult after arrest.   

Maguire, whose legal team have appealed the verdict, was clearly emotional as he described the events of that night, and added whether he remains the United captain is 'not his decision to make'.   

Asked who he owed an apology too, Maguire said: 'I don’t feel like I owe an apology to anybody. 

'An apology is something when you've done something wrong. I regret being in the situation. 

'Obviously the situation has made it difficult and I play for one of the biggest clubs in the world so I regret putting the fans and the club through this.'

Maguire signed for United from Leicester City last summer for an record transfer fee of £80m. 

'It’s a massive privilege to play for the club, never mind captain. It’s not my decision to make,' Maguire replied, when asked if he could remain captain at United. 

'I have great faith in the Greek law, a retrial will give us more time to prepare, gather the evidence, allow witnesses into the court, and I’m really confident the truth will be told and will come out.'

Maguire, who asked the BBC to keep his current location secret, vowed to fight to clear his name and declared: 'I'm confident the truth will be told.' 

The world's most expensive defender also denied claims he bribed police officers, calling the statement read out in court 'ridiculous'. 

Maguire said trouble started when two men approached his little sister at the club on Mykonos.

He said: 'These two men approached my little sister they said asked her where she was from, she responded and then my fiancee Fern saw my little sister's eyes go into the back of her head and she ran over and she was fainting, she was in and out of consciousness...'

He also said that plain-clothed police officers pulled over the group's minibus and threw him off. He tried to run away with one handcuff on because he feared for his life. 

A shaken Maguire said: 'My initial thought was that we are being kidnapped. We got on our knees and put our hands in the air and then they just started hitting us in the legs saying my career's over, no more football, you won't play again. 

'At this point I thought there was no chance these are police, I don't know who they are so I tried to run away, I feared for my life.' 

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