Harry Maguire Greece brawl 'may have left one policeman permanently injured'

Harry Maguire’s brawl with Greek police may have left one officer permanently injured, it’s claimed.

A lawyer says the cop has been to hospital twice, had painkilling jabs and fears his back may never repair.

Ioannis Paradissis revealed the injuries as he blasted Manchester United captain Maguire’s “ridiculous” version of events and slammed the England star for not apologising.

Mr Paradissis, representing the cops, told the Sunday Mirror: “The worst injury was of the policeman who was thrown on the pavement by Harry Maguire. It was a lower back injury. He hit his back.”

Harry Maguire claims he’s the victim

Asked if the officer could be left with a permanent injury, he said: “I cannot say no. It is possible, yes, with this kind of injury. Of course it could cause him more problems in future.

“Harry Maguire also pushed another policeman who was trying to handcuff him and he injured his right hand.

And Maguire’s brother Joe punched one policeman, who had scars on his lip that were still visible during the trial.”

When questioned whether officers on Mykonos isle could sue Maguire, he went on: “It has not been discussed, but they have not ruled it out. This kind of action under Greek law, you have five years to bring it.

“However, I want to add something. In court it was said by the defence the policemen are doing it for the money, which is totally wrong.

“They want a moral recognition of what has happened.

“Maguire could say ‘I’m very sorry for the policemen who have been hit’, but instead he says that he didn’t hurt them as much as they did him. Not only is he not apologising, he’s saying these things.

“That is what they find sad. He appears to be accusing the police when they are the victims here. He’s trying to flip the argument.

“Their defence counsel said in court ‘We have videos’, but they didn’t give them to the court.

Mykonos Police station

“If they do have them, why aren’t they showing them? Let them show what they have on their phones.

“Show us their recordings. What do they have to hide? The officers want an apology from Maguire or even Manchester United as a team, or the Maguire family, saying that they condemn violence and they are very sorry officers were hit. But they don’t say that.

“What message do they convey to the fans? I think it gives the wrong message that ‘Oh, violence is OK sometimes, it’s OK to hit police sometimes’.

“This is what is totally wrong for me and this is what saddens me, because I was not expecting that from Manchester United, a team with a great history and from what I’ve heard from a great athlete like Maguire.

“Where are the words of compassion? This really angers me that there is not a single kind word for injured policemen. It is offensive.”

Maguire says he has nothing to apologise for

Maguire, 27, said on Friday he had nothing to apologise for – and that cops lashed out at him.

The star – tearful at times as he gave his account – said he was attacked while trying to take his sister, Daisy, 20, to hospital after she had been injected with a drug by two strangers at a bar.

Maguire feared he and his party were being kidnapped when plain-clothes officers stopped their mini bus. He said cops lashed out at him and any injuries to them may have happened as he pulled away in fear.

It was only when he was locked up that he was certain the men were police.

Maguire was found guilty of repeated bodily harm and attempted bribery last Tuesday and got a 21-month suspended jail term.

Harry Maguire arrested in Mykonos

He is appealing and, pending a retrial, Man United have said his conviction no longer stands. But Mr Paradissis said:

“This is factually incorrect. In Greek law they are convicted persons, but the consequences of the conviction are stayed.

“The judgment still stands.”

Maguire was dropped from the England squad for upcoming games after he was found guilty. Man United are standing by him.


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