Harry Maguire’s brother insists there is “no chance” the Manchester United captain will apologise for brawling out in Mykonos last week.
Maguire, 27, was found guilty of aggravated assault, resisting arrest and repeated bribery attempts in Greece on Tuesday.
The England defender, who pleaded not guilty to the charges, has been handed a suspended jail term of 21 months and 10 days – which his team have said they will be appealing.
However, a prosecutor representing the Greek policemen he has been found guilty of attacking says his conviction could be overturned if he simply apologises.
Speaking about the appeals process, Yoannis Paradissis told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: “The appeal process in Greece is a retrial, the trial starts afresh.
“So obviously if, I believe there is still time for the three defendants to say they are sorry, and then I believe that the outcome might be different.
“Under Greek law you can withdraw some accusations regarding non-aggravated bodily harm and concerning the verbal assault, the insults that were shouted at the policemen.’
Maguire was arrested with his brother and a friend when a fight broke out while he was on holiday in Mykonos, which the United star’s defence team claim was over his sister being injected with a suspected “rape drug”.
Paradissis added: “In any case, what is strange concerning this case about the sister is that the sister was interviewed by police and she said nothing about that to the police. This is a new line of defence that we heard recently.”
But Laurence Maguire, who plies his trade for National League outfit Chesterfield, has taken to Twitter to stress that his brother will not be issuing an apology anytime soon, while also shutting down Paradissis’ claims about sister Daisy.
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Along with a picture of an article that includes Paradissis’ comments, Laurence posted: “Absolute no chance Harry will be apologising. Daisy and no one in the group was interviewed by the police”.
United have said in a statement that Maguire “continues to strongly assert his innocence” and the trial gave his lawyers “minimal time to digest the charges and prepare”.
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