Harry Maguire posts Instagram message about ‘the truth’ after guilty verdict

Harry Maguire has issued a message on social media following his guilty verdict and subsequent withdrawal from the England squad.

The Manchester United defender has been embroiled in a court case following a series of alleged offences in Greece.

On Tuesday he was found guilty of repeated bodily harm, attempted bribery, violence against public employees and insult after arrest on Mykonos.

Maguire has been given a suspended sentence of 21 months and 10 days in prison

But he has posted on his Instagram account saying: "Three things cannot be hidden: the sun, the moon and the truth".

Following Tuesday's verdict Maguire said that he had instructed his legal team "with immediate effect to inform the courts we will be appealing.

"I remain strong and confident regarding our innocence in this matter – if anything myself, family and friends are the victims."

Maguire had originally been included in Gareth Southgate's England squad for the upcoming Nations League games with Iceland and Denmark.

But just a few hours later he was withdrawn with the Three Lions boss saying: "As I said earlier today, I reserved the right to review the situation.

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"Having spoken to Manchester United and the player, I have made this decision in the best interests of all parties and with consideration of the impact on our preparations for next week."

Manchester United said in a statement: "Harry Maguire pleaded not guilty to all of the misdemeanour charges made against him and he continues to strongly assert his innocence.

"It should be noted that the prosecution confirmed the charges and provided their evidence late on the day before the trial, giving the defence team minimal time to digest them and prepare. A request for the case to be adjourned was subsequently denied.

"On this basis, along with the substantial body of evidence refuting the charges, Harry Maguire's legal team will now appeal the verdict, to allow a full and fair hearing at a later date."

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