Benjamin Mendy, a former defender for Manchester City, has filed a lawsuit against the club in an effort to recoup lost wages of up to £10 million as a result of his departure from the team.
After being accused with four charges of rape in August 2021, City placed Benjamin Mendy on indefinite suspension and he did not play for the club again before he left in June 2023.
The former France defender was not paid by City from September 2021 until the end of his contract in 2022 because the club believed that he was unable to perform while he was out on bail and during his subsequent trial and retrial.
After spending more than four months in jail, Benjamin Mendy was finally granted bail and allowed to go free in January of 2022.
As part of the conditions of his release on bail, he was had to hand over his passport and was barred from entering the county of Greater Manchester, which is where City FC trains and plays their home matches. It is believed the City is taken aback by the fact that their former employee is taking action.
The Chester crown court in January returned a verdict of not guilty for the 29-year-old man who was accused of raping four women and sexually abusing another. In July, after the conclusion of a retrial over two outstanding charges of rape and attempted rape, he was found not guilty and released from custody.
A statement that was sent to the Guardian included the following information: “Nick De Marco KC (instructed by Laffer Abogados, Madrid) is acting for the former Manchester City player Benjamin Mendy in a multimillion-pound claim for unauthorised deductions from wages,” the statement said.
“From September 2021, when Mr. Mendy was charged with several offenses, all of which he was eventually acquitted of, to 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 was charged with different offenses, all of which he was ultimately acquitted of. An employment tribunal will hear the claim when it is submitted.
Since the conclusion of the second trial in Mendy’s case, he and his agent have been in communication with City regarding the possibility of recouping what they claim are lost wages, which are estimated to be between £9 million and £10 million gross. Mendy signed a contract with the Ligue 1 club Lorient in July.
Because the two sides have not been able to come to an agreement over the subject, it is now going to be brought before an employment tribunal.
In the meantime, HM Revenue and Customs has filed a petition with the court to have the France international declared bankrupt due to a tax bill of approximately 800,000 pounds. On October 4, during a hearing in the high court over the debt, Mendy’s attorney, Louis Doyle KC, stated: “He is ashamed by the fact that he is not able to discharge it quicker than he is able to. He is stating, “I want to pay as quickly as I can, I realize that I am in difficulty,” and “I want to pay as quickly as I can.”
The prosecutor continued by saying, “This is perhaps, if not the last chance saloon, it is close to last orders at the last chance saloon.”
The proceeding was put on hold one month ago for a period of four months, with the goal of providing Mendy with additional time to reach a resolution to the disagreement with City.
Mendy became the most expensive fullback in the world of football when he moved to City from Monaco in 2017 for a transfer fee of £53 million. He also signed a six-year deal with an estimated total value of £28 million.
Under the direction of Pep Guardiola, he amassed three Premier League crowns and two League Cup victories. The left-back has been called upon to compete for France 10 times and was a member of the team that triumphed at the 2018 Fifa World Cup in Russia.