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I Thought The Greek Policemen Were Kidnappers – Harry Maguire

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Manchester United defender Harry Maguire said he feared for his life when Greek police arrested him last week as he thought he was being kidnapped.
The England international told BBC sports editor Dan Roan that plain-clothed police officers, who did not identify themselves, pulled over his group’s minibus in Mykonos, threw him off the bus, hit him on his legs and told him his career was over.
The 27-year-old said he tried to run away – with one handcuff on – because he had no idea who the men were.
On Tuesday, Maguire was given a suspended sentence of 21 months and 10 days in prison after his trial on the Greek island of Syros.
He was found guilty of repeated bodily harm, attempted bribery, violence against public employees and insult after arrest on Mykonos.
On Wednesday, his legal team lodged an appeal against the verdict. In accordance with Greek law, the appeal nullifies Maguire’s conviction and there will be a full retrial in a more senior court.
An emotional Maguire, who broke down during the interview, said hearing the guilty verdict was “horrible” and that he “couldn’t quite believe it”.
The centre-back, who denies throwing any punches or trying to bribe the police, added: “I don’t feel I owe an apology to anybody.
“An apology is something when you have done something wrong.”
He said: “I don’t wish it on anybody. 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 how badly he was hurt, Maguire said: “They hit me a lot on the legs. It wasn’t on my mind. I was in that much of a panic. Fear. Scared for my life.”
Maguire said his family are suffering more than him and that his “conscience is clear”.
“I know what happened that night. I know the truth,” he added.
“When I speak about it I get worked up but that’s because it just makes me feel a bit angry inside. I will move on. I am mentally strong enough.”
Maguire – an £80m signing from Leicester City in 2019 – was named United’s permanent captain in January after the departure of Ashley Young to Inter Milan, and he is likely to remain skipper this season.
“It is such a huge honour to be captain of Manchester United – something I am really proud of,” he said. “It is a massive privilege to play for the club, never mind captain.
“It is not my decision to make but the one thing I will say is how supportive the club has been from top to bottom. They have been great with me and I thank them for that.”
On Tuesday, Maguire was withdrawn from the England squad for September’s Nations League matches against Iceland and Denmark.
He said: “I love playing for my country. Physically and mentally I am ready to play. I’m disappointed but of course I understand.”
How Maguire says the night unfolded
✓Maguire was on holiday with his fiancee Fern, his younger sister Daisy, his brother and his brother’s girlfriend, and two friends and their girlfriends.
They were out for drinks in Mykonos and texted their minibus driver to pick them up to take them home.
✓The driver was “20 minutes late” and Maguire said the group were tired and planning to head back to the villa.
Two men approached Daisy and asked her where she was from before Fern saw “my little sister’s eyes rolling to the back of her head. She ran over, she was fainting, in and out of consciousness.”
✓At this point Maguire said “everyone was shouting and were screaming”, when three Greek men dressed in plain clothes got involved.
Maguire said they were not trying to “cause an argument or a scuffle”, but “it was just a lot of shouting, a lot of commotion. No fighting, as has been reported. No punches thrown.”
✓Maguire said the Greek men were just trying to calm it down but they were “a little bit aggressive”.
✓The minibus arrived. Maguire said they got Daisy on the bus and “literally that was it – it wasn’t what everyone’s made it out to be. Don’t get me wrong – there was a lot of shouting, a big panic, but no fighting or anything.”
✓They told the driver to take them back to the villa and planned to go to the hospital, but Daisy recovered “pretty quickly”.
✓The bus drove for “5-10 minutes” and stopped and parked up alongside this road. “We looked outside and there were eight men surrounding the bus, all in plain clothes.”
✓The doors were opened and Maguire and a friend were “thrown off the bus”.
✓Maguire said the men did not say anything to them. It was at this point that Maguire thought they were being kidnapped.
✓Maguire and his friend ran to the main road, from where he rang his agent to ask for help, leaving messages on a group WhatsApp.
✓Maguire said when he turned to walk back to the bus, he and his friend had been circled by the men, who started walking towards them.
✓Maguire said: “We got down on our knees, put our hands in the air. And they just started hitting us. They got one of my hands in the handcuff. They were hitting my legs, saying my career’s over – ‘no more football; you won’t play again’. “At this point I thought there’s no chance these are police. I’ve no idea who they are. So I tried to run away. I had one hand in the handcuff – I was moving my hand. This is where the charges have come from – this is what they are saying is resisting arrest and this is what the assault is – no punches have been thrown. I didn’t believe they were the police.”
[I]Greek police dispute this version of events and in court the prosecution said Maguire, his brother and friend then physically and verbally attacked police officers. [/I]
✓Maguire said he was taken into the police station and was put in a cell. “That was the time I felt a little bit of relief, as crazy as that sounds. There were other people in the cell telling me to calm down and it felt like relief because that was the first time I actually believed I was in prison.

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Bus- Stop In France Named After Super Falcons Star , Oparanozie

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Super Falcons striker Desire Oparanozie has a bus-stop in Guingamp, France, named after her.
This was confirmed in a photo published on Twitter.
Oparanozie joined Guingamp in 2014 from Turkish club Ataşehir Belediyespor and had a memorable time there.
The 26-year-old made 106 appearances and found the back of the net 45 times.
Ahead of the 2019–20 season, Oparanozie was named club captain and began her reign with a win over Metz on the opening day of the season.
And after six years at Guingamp Oparanozie signed a two-year contract with Dijon FCO on 30 June.
Oparanozie started her career at Bayelsa Queens in the Nigerian Women’s league and moved to Delta Queens in 2010.
She then spent two months on loan at
Düvenciler Lisesispor in the Turkish Women’s First Football League in 2011, before returning to Delta Queens.
In 2012, she joined Rossiyanka from the
Russian Women’s Football Championship, with them she played four matches at the
2012–13 UEFA Women’s Champions League, scoring one goal.
She joined Bundesliga club VfL Wolfsburg for the 2013–14 season signing a two-year contract.
In the first half of the season, she only appeared in one game, and mostly played for Wolfsburg’s second team.
After half a season, she left Wolfsburg and on 21 February 2014, ssigned for Ataşehir Belediyespor to play the second half of the season in the Turkish Women’s First Football League.
Also, Oparanozie is a four-time winner of the Africa Women’s Cup of Nations (2010, 2014, 2016, 2018) with the Super Falcons and has appeared at three women’s World Cup (2011, 2015, 2019).

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EPL: Man United lose 3-1 to Palace in season opener

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Manchester United ’ s Premier League season got off to a dreadful start as Wilfried Zaha scored twice against his former club to hand Crystal Palace a 3 – 1 win at Old Trafford.
The Eagles have now won their first two games of a Premier League season for the first time and on their last two visits to United .
After Andros Townsend opened the scoring early on, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’ s men felt aggrieved with the nature of Palace’ s second from the penalty spot as Victor Lindelof was harshly punished for handball and David De Gea ’ s save from Jordan Ayew ’ s spot – kick was ruled out by VAR before Zaha converted the retaken penalty .
But they could have no complaints about the result as they looked way off the pace in their first match of the new campaign , little over a month since they ended the last one with defeat to Sevilla in the Europa League semi – finals .
United finished last season on a 14 – match unbeaten run in the Premier League to secure a third – place finish and raise hopes of mounting a title challenge to rivals Liverpool and Manchester City this season .
But on this evidence they need far more than the solitary signing of Donny Van de Beek , who scored on his debut , to compete at the top of the table .
Solskjaer kept faith with De Gea in goal ahead of Dean Henderson, who has returned to Old Trafford from an impressive loan spell at Sheffield United .
The Spanish international was beaten after just seven minutes but was blameless as the United defence was carved open by Jeffrey Schlupp ’ s run and cross from the left and Townsend ghosted in ahead of Luke Shaw to convert at the far post .
Solskjaer had left Mason Greenwood on the bench after complaining he was thrust into the spotlight too soon by England after the 18 – year – old was sent home in disgrace from international duty for breaking coronavirus protocols .
But without the teenager , United looked toothless in attack , while Palace always posed a threat on the counter – attack .
De Gea justified his inclusion even before the penalty save with a brilliant stop from Ayew in first – half stoppage time to keep the Red Devils in the game.
Greenwood was called for at half – time and he headed wide United ’ s best chance to equalise from Timothy Fonsu – Mensah ’ s cross .
Zaha failed to make the grade in two seasons at United , but with Alex Ferguson , the man who signed him in 2013 , in attendance , he showed why remains in such high demand .
The Ivorian ’ s first goal of the afternoon was ruled out by the offside flag from another promising Palace counter – attack .
But from Palace ’ s next break they got their reward as Ayew ’ s shot struck Lindelof on the arm and , after reviewing the pitch side monitor, referee Martin Atkinson pointed to the penalty spot .
De Gea saved Ayew ’ s first penalty , but after another interruption from VAR , the spot – kick was retaken for De Gea being millimetres off his line when the ball was struck .
Zaha took over the responsibility and this time crashed the ball home to score against his former club .
Van de Beek came off the bench to replace the ineffective Paul Pogba and showed his goalscoring instinct from midfield by latching onto a loose ball inside the area to halve United ’ s arrears 10 minutes from time .
But just five minutes later the game was killed as a contest when Zaha shrugged off Lindelof with ease before blasting low and hard past De Gea .

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SPORTS Nadal crashes out of Italian Open

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Nine- time winner Rafael Nadal crashed out of the Italian Open in Saturday ’ s quarter -finals to Argentine Diego Schwartzman .
Eight – seeded Schwartzman won 6 – 2 , 7 – 5 in the final warm – up tournament for the French Open in just over a week .
Champion Nadal was making his comeback after a six – month coronavirus – enforced break having skipped the US Open ahead of Roland Garros with its first round on September 27 .
But Schwartzman pulled out a stunning performance for his first win over Nadal in ten meetings and next plays Canadian 12 th seed Denis Shapovalov for a place in the final.

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