Former Manchester City left-back Benjamin Mendy has taken legal action against the club in an attempt to recover lost earnings of up to £10 million. The Frenchman was suspended by City in August 2021 after four allegations of rape. He has not played for the club since then and left the team in June 2023.
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According to the British press, City did not pay Mendy from September 2021 until the end of his contract because they considered him unavailable to work until he had passed the two trials he had. The 29-year-old full-back spent more than four months in custody before being released on bail in January 2022.
His bail conditions stipulated that he could not enter the Greater Manchester county, where City train and host games. He was forced to hand over his passport. According to the newspaper The GuardianPep Guardiola’s club is surprised by the action of its former employee, who He is currently at Lorient, in France.
Benjamin Mendy was found not guilty at Chester Crown Court in January of raping four women and sexually assaulting another. Following the completion of a new trial on two pending charges of rape and attempted rape, he was acquitted in July.
–Manchester City FC did not pay Mr. Mendy any salary from September 2021, after Mr. Mendy was accused of several crimes, of which he was later acquitted, until the end of his contract in June 2023. The complaint will be presented to a labor court – the player’s lawyer, Nick De Marco, told the newspaper guardian.
Mendy signed for Lorient in July and since the conclusion of his retrial, he and his agent have contacted City to recover what they claim are lost earnings believed to be between £9m and £10m gross. As no agreement has been reached between the two parties, the matter will now be taken to an employment tribunal.
Mendy arrived at City signed from Monaco in 2017, as the most expensive full-back in world football at the time. He won three Premier League titles and two League Cups under Pep Guardiola. The left-back was part of the France squad that won the 2018 World Cup in Russia.