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Harry Maguire says truth ‘cannot be hidden, I am the victim’ following conviction for assaulting and trying to bribe Greek police

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Manchester Untied star Harry Maguire posted on Instagram late Tuesday night saying the truth ‘cannot be hidden’ after being dropped by England following his conviction for assaulting and trying to bribe Greek police.

Maguire, 27, was given a 21-month suspended sentence after he was convicted of all charges following the brawl in Mykonos.

The £85million star – who plans to appeal the conviction – claimed he was the victim just hours after the court ruling and later posted a quote from Buddha to his two million Instagram followers.

The £85million star claimed he was the true victim and just hours after the conviction - that he plans to appeal - posted a quote from Buddha appearing to indicate the truth of the incident is yet to emerge

The £85million star claimed he was the true victim and just hours after the conviction – that he plans to appeal – posted a quote from Buddha appearing to indicate the truth of the incident is yet to emerge

It said: ‘Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth – Buddha.’  His sister Daisy posted exactly the same quote just hours after her brother was found guilty. 

Maguire’s legal woes forced Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate into an embarrassing climbdown as he dropped the 27-year-old from the England squad after initially naming him in the 24-man group to face Iceland and Denmark.

In a statement, Southgate said: ‘In light of this evening’s developments, I can confirm I have withdrawn Harry Maguire from the England squad for the matches against Iceland and Denmark.

Daisy Maguire shared this photo of herself with brother Harry hours before his trial started in Greece

Daisy Maguire shared this photo of herself with brother Harry hours before his trial started in Greece

‘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.’  

The footballer, who is the world’s most expensive defender, was not present at the trial on the Island of Syros on Tuesday. He was found guilty of assault, swearing in public, and attempting to bribe a police officer.

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