Manchester United captain Harry Maguire has for the first time spoken about his arrest in Greece last week.

The defender hit the headlines after he was arrested following an altercation with police as he enjoyed his holiday in the Greek island of Mykonos.

The 27-year-old was subsequently handed a 21-month suspended prison sentence after being found guilty of aggravated assault, resisting arrest, and repeated attempts of bribery in a Greek court on Tuesday.

He is however set to face full trial after successfully appealing verdict.

Speaking to BBC, the former Leicester man said he will come back stronger and he owes nobody any apology over what happened.

“One thing I will say is how supportive the club has been from top to bottom. They’ve been great with me and I thank them for that.

“It means everything. Obviously it’s been such a difficult time. My main focus has been my family but the next best thing to family is football. So playing for Manchester United is something I love and the club, honestly, has been great with me.”

“I’m physically good,” he said. “I’m mentally strong. Like I’ve said previously, mentally, I feel I can get over this. I’m a strong guy.

“My personality will stay exactly the same. I don’t think it will affect my performances.

“I will get over it pretty quickly. My conscience is clear. I know the truth.

“I don’t feel like I owe an apology to anybody,” he asserted. “An apology is something when you’ve done something wrong. Do I regret? I regret being in a situation as obviously the situation has made it difficult, and I believe I am at the biggest club in the world, so I regret putting the fans, the club through this.”

Maguire was initially named in the England squad that will play in the Nations League matches in September but was withdrawn following the sentence.


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