Harry Maguire trials starts today

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Maguire’s top human rights lawyer Alexis Anagnostakis told the trial in Syros today how the defender was “attacked by an Albanian group”.

The lawyer said Maguire’s younger sister Daisy was stabbed in the arm – causing her to pass out.

But their driver took the group to a police station, rather than a hospital where officers allegedly kicked Maguire on the leg and told him: “Your career is over”.

He added: “My clients did not beat anyone, accost anyone, or injure anyone.”

The court heard how once at the police station, Maguire said: “Do you know who I am? I am the captain of Manchester United, I am very rich, I can give you money, I can pay you, please let us go”.

The trial was delayed this morning when Maguire’s legal team unsuccessfully asked for a postponement three times.

Dad Alan has travelled to the court on the Greek island of Syros today to support his sons.

But none of the defendants are required to attend court and can instead be represented by their legal team.

Alan previously bought clean clothes for his son after he spent two nights in a stifling Greek cell.

Utd captain Maguire, 27, footballer brother Joe, 28, and pal Chris Sharman are all charged with assault and violence against an officer.

The brothers are further charged with attempted bribery, while Maguire and Chris are accused of verbal assault.

They deny the charges.

The bribery charges carry a maximum sentence of up to five years in jail and a fine.

But the group are able to appeal the decision in a higher court if they are found guilty today.

They had been partying in a swanky nightclub in Mykonos when sister Daisy was approached by a group of Albanian men.

But she was allegedly stabbed in the arm with a metal straw when she spurned the advances of the “gangster types”.

The jab drew blood and caused her to faint – with big brother Harry stepping in to defend her when a fight broke out.

A source said: “Harry saw what was happening and remonstrated with them and things got heated.

“He decided to try to get out of there and wanted to hail a taxi. But he ended up arguing with some undercover police officers and ended up at the local police station.”

When plain-clothed police came to break it up, the Utd captain was allegedly “verbally abusive to an officer and then hit him”.

The £85million centre-back was arrested with Joe and Chris after a fight outside a bar on the Greek island in the early hours of Friday morning.

He spent two nights in a cell with Joe and Chris before appearing before a court on Saturday in Syros.

Maguire is now understood to have travelled back to the UK.

His sister Daisy was yesterday pictured arriving back in England wheeling a suitcase.

Brother Laurence Maguire was also pictured at the home in England as his brothers Harry and Joe await their fate in a Greek court.

Sheffield-born Maguire became the world’s most expensive defender when he signed for Utd from Leicester City for £85million in August last year.

He was named captain in January this year following Ashley Young’s departure to Inter Milan.

He is next due to play at Old Trafford for their first game of the season on September 19 against Crystal Palace.

Maguire has made 26 appearances for England and was a key part of the team’s journey to the World Cup semi-finals in 2018.

But the legal action could throw a spanner in the works for strict England gaffer Gareth Southgate when he names his squad on today.

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