Manchester United captain Harry Maguire has moved to set the record straight regarding his arrest in Greece.
Speaking to BBC News at 10, Maguire told reporter Dan Roan in a one-on-one interview, his account of the ordeal.
Maguire said his overriding feeling throughout was, “Fear. Scared for my life.”
The United captain still looked shaken up and was adamant he did not owe an apology to anybody in Greece.
He did admit he was upset the situation happened in the first place and regretted any impact it had on his club.
Maguire said: “I don’t feel I owe an apology to anybody. An apology is something when you have done something wrong.”
“Obviously the situation has made it difficult for one of the biggest clubs in the world, so I regret putting the fans and the club through this, but I did nothing wrong. I found myself in a situation where it could have happened to anybody and anywhere.”
Asked if he attempted to get out of the arrest, as had been suggested, Maguire said: “Did I try to bribe the police? No, for sure. As soon as I saw this statement… it’s just ridiculous.”
Time to move on
United return to training next week and Maguire is among those expected to return, although he could be given extra time off.
He was dropped from the England squad amid the furore, which is actually good news as it gives him more time off.
Maguire will probably want to get back and concentrate on his football though, he is that type of character.
Maguire played every minute of every game in the Premier League last season and made 54 appearances in all competitions.
United’s first Premier League match is on September 19 at home to Crystal Palace.
The only disappointing aspect to this is that there will be no home crowd to show Maguire support.
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