Premier League star Andros Townsend says the stories surrounding Harry Maguire’s arrest in Mykonos are out of character for the Manchester United captain, and believes his plea of innocence.
Maguire was discovered responsible of assaulting a police officer, swearing, resisting arrest and bribery by a Greek courtroom on Tuesday, after he was arrested and spent two nights in a jail cell whereas on a post-season vacation.
The centre-back has obtained a suspended jail sentence of 21 months and has been withdrawn from the England squad by supervisor Gareth Southgate, who initially backed the participant and referred to as him up for Nations League video games in opposition to Iceland and Denmark.
Nevertheless, Maguire, whose model of occasions is wildly completely different to the preliminary stories of the incident from native press, has insisted his innocence and has vowed to clear his title.
In the course of the courtroom case on Tuesday, the prosecution alleged that after Maguire arrived on the police station he advised officers: “Are you aware who I’m? I’m the captain of Manchester United, I’m very wealthy, I may give you cash, I will pay you, please allow us to go.”
Townsend has stated he and his Crystal Palace teammates had been at Selhurst Park collectively on Tuesday once they heard the breaking information and people alleged quotes.
And he stated all of them agreed it didn’t sound just like the Maguire lots of them know, have performed in opposition to and performed with as a part of the Three Lions crew.
Talking on Wednesday’s talkSPORT Breakfast, the Eagles winger stated: “Persons are saying he’s Man United captain and he ought to have safety, however I feel Harry Maguire, in his thoughts and it’s in all probability naivety, he’s only a lad from Sheffield.
“He’s not this large international star who’s captain of United and wishes safety wherever he goes.
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“I do really feel for him. We [the Crystal Palace team] had been on the stadium yesterday when the breaking information and the quotes, ‘are you aware who I’m, I will pay you’, got here by means of, each single participant who noticed it instantly stated, ‘that’s not Harry Maguire’.
“I’ve performed with many gamers who’ve dropped that line once in a while and Harry Maguire doesn’t look like a type of.
“I consider him when he says he’s harmless, however the issue is it’s his phrase in opposition to the authorities’, and until new proof involves the sunshine the authorities are at all times going to win that one.”
England boss Southgate’s resolution to again Maguire regardless of the case in opposition to him has backfired, after he was compelled to carry out a U-turn over the choice when the decision got here by means of.
Townsend believes it might have been good for the centre-back to play, however now hopes Maguire can use the time to construct his defence case and show his innocence.
He added: “In a approach, if he did get referred to as as much as England it might have taken his thoughts off the off pitch points, whether or not that’s proper or improper, I feel he would have been determined to get again to taking part in soccer for his membership and nation.
“Sadly that’s not the case, and hopefully now he can deal with that attraction and discovering new proof and hopefully can clear his title.”