Manchester United captain Harry Maguire has given his first interview since his arrest in Mykonos.
England star Maguire was handed a 21-month prison sentence, suspended for three years, after being found guilty of aggravated assault, resisting arrest and repeated attempts of bribery in a Greek court on Tuesday.
His lawyers officially lodged an appeal and his convictions have now been declared void until a retrial is heard.
According to The Sun , Maguire, who was dropped from Gareth Southgate’s England squad in the wake of the guilty verdict, could face a lengthy wait of up to three years to clear his name.
And in an interview with BBC News, his first since the incident, he claims he was “scared for his life” as he refused to apologise for the incident.
Maguire said of his time behind bars: “It was horrible. It’s not something I ever want to do again. I don’t wish it on anybody. It’s the first time I’ve ever been inside a prison.
“I don’t feel like I owe an apology to anybody. An apology is when you’ve done something wrong. Do I regret? I regret being in the situation, and I play for one of the biggest clubs in the world, so I regret putting the fans and club through this.
Asked if he regrets putting himself in the position for such an incident to happen, Maguire said: “No, I think it could’ve happened anywhere. I love Greece.”
He was on the verge of tears as he alleged his little sister was “in and out of consciousness” after an encounter with two men in the bar.
He explained: “These two men approached my little sister. They asked her where she was from, she responded then my fiance, Fern, saw my little sisters’ eyes go in the back of her head.
“She ran over and she was fainting, she was in and out of consciousness.
“My initial thought was I thought we were getting kidnapped. We got down on our knees, but our hands in the air and they just started hitting us.
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“They were hitting my legs saying ‘no more football, you won’t play again’. At this point I thought there’s no way these are police, or I don’t know who they are, so I tried to run away. I feared for my life, for sure, all the way through it.”
Asked how badly he was hurt, Maguire said: “They hit me a lot on the legs. It wasn’t on my mind. I was in that much of a panic. Fear. Scared for my life.”
In response to claims he attempted to bribe police and asked “do you know who I am?”, Maguire responded: “No, for…