Manchester United defender Harry Maguire has revealed his experience in Mykonos Greece and he said he thought he was being kidnapped and feared for his life.
“My initial thought, I thought we were getting kidnapped. We got down on our knees, we put our hands in the air, they just started hitting us,” he told BBC Sport.
“They were hitting my leg saying my career’s over, ‘No more football. You won’t play again’.
“And at this point I thought there is no chance these are police or I don’t know who they are so I tried to run away, I was in that much of a panic, fear, scared for my life. All the way through it.”
Maguire was found guilty aggravated assault, resisting arrest and bribery in a court in Syrios and sentenced to a suspended three-year prison term.
However, Manchester United had announced on Wednesday that the England international’s conviction has been nullified and approved for a retrial at a higher court.
This means Maguire has no criminal record as he is still innocent until proven guilty and can travel internationally.
The 27-year-old denied attempting to bribe the police.
“No, for sure. As soon as I saw that statement, it’s just ridiculous.” He said.
Maguire who was dropped out of the England squad after his initial conviction, insists that he has nothing to apologize for.
“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,” he said.
“I don’t feel like I owe an apology to anybody. An apology is something when you’ve done something wrong or regret. I regret being in the situation. I play for one of the biggest clubs in the world, I regret putting the fans and the club through this.
“I think it could have happened anywhere. I love Greece, I think us footballers get a bit of stick for trying to stay away from everything. It’s not how I want to live my life.”
The world’s most expensive defender also said he isn’t sure of his captaincy at United but he is happy that he is getting a fair hearing.
“It’s a massive privilege to play for the club, never mind to be captain. It’s not my decision to make,” he said.
“I have great faith in the Greek law, the retrial will give us more time to prepare, gather the evidence, allow witnesses into the court. And I am really confident that the truth will be told and come out.”
Maguire was arrested with his brother Joe Maguire and a friend after a fight broke out while he was on holiday in Mykonos over claims his sister was injected with a suspected “rape drug”.