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Harry Maguire court verdict appeal accepted as Man Utd confirm full retrial to go ahead

The trial went ahead despite a request from Maguire’s lawyer, Alexis Anagnostakis, for an adjournment due to the charges being filed so close to the start of proceedings.

England boss Gareth Southgate dropped Maguire from his squad for the upcoming international matches following the verdict, which has now been expunged from the record.

“In light of this evening’s developments, I can confirm I have withdrawn Harry Maguire from the England squad for the matches against Iceland and Denmark,” Southgate said.

“As I said earlier today, I reserved the right to review the situation. 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.”

Prosecution lawyer Ioannis Paradissis has claimed his clients would be “ready to accept an apology” from Maguire.

“An appeal is the equivalent of a retrial in a higher court before new judges who could change the [lower court’s] decision,” Paradissis said.

“My clients, the policemen, would be ready to accept an apology. That is what they have wanted all along.”

Maguire’s defence team told the court on Tuesday that the incident was sparked by his sister Daisy being injected with a substance by a group of Albanians.

It is alleged the defendants asked to be driven to hospital, but were instead taken to a police station.

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Maguire’s lawyer claimed the star was kicked in the leg by police officers, who allegedly warned him “your career is over”.

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