Harry Maguire’s story around the events that led to his arrest in Mykonos have been contradicted by the driver of the minibus that picked up the Manchester United captain and his group.
Maguire has spoken publicly for the first time about the events that led to his arrest by Greek police. He was later convicted for repeated bodily harm, attempted bribery, violence against public employees and insult. Those counts were later ‘nullified’ and a retrial ordered. That, however, could take years to make it to court.
A Greek lawyer tore aspects of Maguire’s story apart in the aftermath. In particular, claims the centre-half did not realise the minibus that picked him and his party up to take them back to their villa had instead stopped outside a police station.
“I would urge all people to have a look at Mykonos police station,” said Ioannis Paradissis. “It is clearly obvious what this place is either during the day or night.
“There are many police cars parked outside it at night. There is a sign stating that it is a police station and there are officers coming in and outside of the building. The only way you would not be able tell if it was not a police station is if you are very drunk.
“But clearly, he was not that drunk. According to him he was able to fight off a group of men who he thought were kidnappers and try and escape. If he had the clarity of mind to do that then obviously, he would have also been able to see that the minibus had pulled up outside a police station.”
Taxi driver speaks out on Maguire
Xristos Atridis, a driver for the Mykonos Jet Black upmarket concierge company, further contradicted that part of Maguire’s claim in a police statement ‘disclosed to the Daily Mail’.
Atridis claims he was late in picking up the group. However, he says he saw two men who ‘tried to calm things down’ as a row broke out. They later announced themselves to be undercover police officers.
An unidentified member of Maguire’s cohort then pushed one of the two officers, which is when more plain clothes policemen arrived. It’s then claimed it was requested that Atridis take everyone to Mykonos police station.
Atridis did so but notes that two passengers then jumped out and tried to escape. He added that ‘he did not see them attacking police officers or being attacked by them’.