Following the charges of four counts of rape that were brought against Mendy in August 2021, the club stopped him from playing for the club. He did not return to the pitch until June 2023, when he finally left.
Benjamin Mendy to sue Manchester City for up to £10m in lost earnings
As a result of the former France defender’s bail, subsequent trial, and subsequent retrial, City did not pay him from September 2021 until the expiration of his contract. This was due to the reality that they deemed him unable to work during this time.
The period of time that Mendy was held in detention was greater than four months until she was released on bond in January 2022. In addition to being compelled to hand up his passport, the conditions of his bail included that he was not permitted to enter the county of Greater Manchester, which is where Manchester City trains and plays their home matches. It has been reported that the city is taken aback by the fact that their former employee is pursuing action.
In January, the 29-year-old man was found not guilty of raping four women and sexually assaulting another woman, according to the verdict handed down by the Chester Crown Court. During the month of July, he was found not guilty of the two accusations of rape and attempted rape that were still pending against him after a third trial was completed.
According to a statement that was issued to the Guardian, “Nick De Marco KC is acting for the former Manchester City player Benjamin Mendy in a multimillion-pound claim for unauthorised deductions from wages.” Laffer Abogados, Madrid, is the firm that is providing legal representation for their client.
From September 2021 until the conclusion of his contract in June 2023, Manchester City FC did not pay Mr. Mendy any wages at all. This was due to the fact that Mr. Mendy had been charged with a number of charges, all of which he was ultimately found not guilty of. An employment tribunal is likely to hear the claim.
Since the conclusion of his retrial, Mendy and his agency have approached City in an effort to recoup what they allege are lost profits that are estimated to be between nine million and ten million pounds gross. Mendy joined Ligue 1 club Lorient in July.
Due to the fact that the two sides have not been able to come to an agreement over the subject, it is now scheduled to be brought before an employment tribunal.
In the meantime, HM Revenue and Customs has filed a petition for a bankruptcy order against France International due to a tax liability of approximately 800,000 pounds. Mendy’s attorney, Louis Doyle KC, stated the following during a hearing that took place on October 4 on the debt: “He is embarrassed about the fact that he is not able to discharge it quicker than he is able to.” The statement that he is making is, “I want to pay as quickly as I can; I am aware that I am in a difficult situation.”
“This is possibly, if not the last chance saloon, it is close to last orders at the last chance saloon,” the barrister continued. “It is possibly the last chance saloon.”
A decision was made last month to postpone the lawsuit for a period of four months. This was done with the goal of providing Mendy with sufficient time to resolve the disagreement with City.
The transfer of Mendy from Monaco to Manchester City in 2017 for a fee of £53 million made him the most expensive full-back in the history of football. He also signed a six-year deal that was projected to be worth £28 million.
During his time with Pep Guardiola, he was able to win three Premier League crowns and two League Cups. The left-back has been selected for France’s national team ten times and was a member of the team that triumphed at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.