Manchester United captain Harry Maguire will face a full retrial after appealing against a conviction by a Greek court.
The England defender had been found guilty of aggravated assault, resisting arrest, and repeated attempts at bribery at a misdemeanours court in a Greek court on Tuesday despite denying the charges.
United have confirmed Maguire’s legal representatives have lodged an appeal and, as per Greek law, the initial conviction has therefore been nullified and a full retrial “in a more senior court” will now take place.
A statement from United said Wednesday: “An appeal against yesterday’s verdict was lodged this morning by Harry’s legal team.
“In accordance with the Greek judicial process, the filing of an appeal extinguishes the initial court verdict and nullifies the conviction. The appeal has been accepted and will lead to a full retrial in a more senior court.
“This means that Harry has no criminal record and is once again presumed innocent until proven guilty. Accordingly, he is not subject to any international travel restrictions.”
The move has seen calls to United to strip the 27-year-old off the captaincy and reports indicate that the player will sit down with the club bosses for a discussion on the same issue.