Former Manchester City left-back Benjamin Mendy is embroiled in a legal battle with the club, seeking substantial compensation in a “multi-million-pound” claim related to alleged unpaid wages.
The 29-year-old faced serious legal accusations of rape and sexual assault in August 2021, prompting his suspension by the treble-winning team pending trial. The charges stemmed from an incident at his Cheshire home nine months prior.
Benjamin Mendy, vehemently denying all allegations, finally saw a legal resolution in January 2023. He was acquitted of seven counts of rape and three counts of sexual assault at Chester Crown Court, with a jury unable to reach a verdict on an additional charge. A retrial in June ultimately cleared him of all charges.
During this tumultuous period, Mendy revealed in court that Manchester City ceased payment of his £100,000-per-week wages in September 2021. Subsequently, he was released on a free transfer in the summer after the expiration of his contract.
Nick De Marco KC, representing Mendy, confirmed the legal pursuit in a statement to Sky Sports News. The claim revolves around “multi-million-pound” compensation for alleged unauthorized wage deductions.
Official Statement From Benjamin Mendy Representatives
“Nick De Marco KC (instructed by Laffer Abogados (Madrid) is acting for the former Manchester City player Benjamin Mendy in a multi-million-pound claim for unauthorized deductions from wages.
“Manchester City FC failed to pay Mr. Mendy any wages at all from September 2021, following Mr. Mendy being charged with various offences all of which he was subsequently acquitted of, until the end of his contract in June 2023. The claim will come before an Employment Tribunal.”
Once the Premier League’s most expensive defender at £52m, Mendy, now playing for Lorient in Ligue 1, underscores the complexities arising from legal battles and financial disputes with his former club.