Harry Maguire’s sister fainted immediately after she was injected by two men with an unknown substance, according to the Manchester United star’s defence team.
The 27-year-old’s trial began in Syros on Tuesday with the England international facing accusations of bribery and assaulting local police officers following an incident on the Greek island of Mykonos last Friday.
Maguire, who has pleaded not guilty, flew back to the UK last weekend and is not required to attend.
His legal representatives had requested that the trial be pushed back, citing a lack of time to prepare but proceedings went ahead as planned.
The £80million defender’s lawyers claim two Albanian men approached his younger sister Daisy, who collapsed instantaneously after she was injected with an unknown substance.
Maguire asked to be driven to hospital but was instead taken to a local police station where he was confronted by police who attacked him, kicked him on the leg and allegedly shouted ‘your career is over’.
The prosecution, meanwhile, claim plain clothes police officers attempted to diffuse an altercation outside Fabrika bar but as tensions rose one officer was punched in the face.
Once at the police station, Maguire, who earns £190,000-a-week, is alleged to have said ‘Do you know who I am? I am the captain of Manchester United, I am very rich, I can give you money, I can pay you, please let us go.’
The bribery charges carry a maximum sentence of up to five years in jail and a fine.
But the group, which also includes Joe Maguire, no relation, and friend Chris Sharman, are able to appeal the decision in a higher court if they are found guilty today.
Maguire had been on holiday with his fiance Fern Hawkins and friends after United’s season ended in a Europa League semi-final defeat against Sevilla 10 days ago.
The United centre-half’s predicament also provides a headache for England manager Gareth Southgate who is due to name his Three Lions squad for the upcoming matches against Iceland and Denmark later on Tuesday.