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Wayne Rooney on Harry Maguire case

Wayne Rooney believes the Harry Maguire incident in Mykonos is out of character and supported the Manchester United captain’s version of events.

Maguire was found guilty in a Greek court in Syros on Tuesday of aggravated assault, resisting arrest and attempts of bribery and was handed a 21-month suspended sentence after a ‘disturbance’ last Thursday night.

United confirmed Maguire’s legal team had lodged an appeal on Wednesday morning, which immediately overturned the guilty verdict.

And this is what the former United and England striker Rooney told talkSPORT about Maguire:

“Knowing Harry the way I know him, it’s completely not his character. It’s out of character, everything that was reported to have happened.

“I couldn’t get my head around how it went to court, he was found guilty and sentenced all within the space of about two hours… how has that happened?

“Harry’s not that type of person at all. He was out there with his girlfriend, his family and friends and their girlfriends, so it’s not a group of lads, where sometimes things happen.

“So, in my opinion, something has gone on that has maybe provoked him. It’s just out of character, it’s not him at all. I just think as a nation, as people, we are too quick to judge.

“Obviously he was found guilty and there’s an appeal, so at the minute there’s no charges now against his name until the next court date.”

Wayne Rooney and Harry Maguire during a United v Hull game in 2017
Wayne Rooney and Harry Maguire during a United v Hull game in 2017 (Image: 2017 Getty Images)