Harry Maguire faces an two-year wait to clear his name over his Mykonos Assault.
Maguire will have to wait until after the World Cup for his retrial after Covid caused a huge pile-up in the Greek justice system.
Jacob Harry Maguire is an English professional footballer who plays as a centre-back for Premier League club Manchester, 28, launched the appeal in August last year just hours after being found guilty of assaulting a police officer, swearing, resisting arrest and attempted bribery.
Ioannis Paradissis, who is representing the police, said: “Given the backlog, it could well be the case they don’t set a date until late 2022 or even early 2023.”
Local attorney Dimitris Choulis added:
“Due to Covid there have been huge delays in the judicial system.
United captain Maguire, on £190,000 a week, denies throwing punches at the officers or trying to bribe them.
He claims they lashed out at him as he took his sister Daisy, 20, to hospital after she had allegedly been injected with a drug by two strangers at a bar.
Maguire said he feared he and his family and friends were being kidnapped when plain-clothes officers stopped their minibus on Mykonos island.