HARRY MAGUIRE claims he feared for his life and thought he was being kidnapped when Greek police arrested him in Mykonos last week.
The Manchester United captain last night gave a tearful interview on another tumultuous day for the club as it was revealed midfielder Paul Pogba had tested positive for coronavirus.
Maguire, 27, has a retrial hanging over him after the suspended 21-month prison sentence he received having been found guilty of repeated bodily harm and attempted bribery was annulled and taken to a higher court upon appeal by his legal team.
‘I thought we was getting kidnapped,’ Maguire told the BBC’s Dan Roan of the moment his arrest. ‘We got down on our knees and put our hands in the air.
‘They just starting hitting us, they were hitting my legs saying “no more football, you won’t play again” and at this point I thought there was no chance these were police, so I tried to run away. I was in that much of a panic, fear, scared for my life.’
Maguire, who said the incident started after his sister Daisy was approached by two men and his fiancee Fern Hawkins then saw her eyes roll to the back of her head, insisted he did not feel the need to apologise because he had done nothing wrong.
On whether he could remain United skipper he said: ‘It’s a massive privilege to play for the club never mind to be the captain. It’s not my decision to make.
‘I put faith in the Greek law. A retrial will give us more time to prepare, gather the evidence, allow witnesses into the court and I’m really confident that the truth will be told and will come out.’
To add to United’s headaches, Pogba was left out of France’s squad for next month’s Nations League matches after manager Didier Deschamps revealed the midfielder had Covid-19.
Meanwhile, Chelsea were believed to have as many as eight stars self-isolating after returning from pre-season holidays amid reports six of their players – as well as one England star and two Sheffield United players – have produced positive tests for the virus.