Benjamin Mendy, the former Manchester City defender, has filed a multi-million-pound claim against the club for unpaid wages. Mendy, who now plays for Lorient in Ligue 1, alleges that Manchester City made unauthorised deductions from his wages following charges of rape and sexual assault that he faced in 2021.
In July 2021, Mendy was found not guilty by a jury at Chester Crown Court after being acquitted of sexual offences earlier in the year. Despite this, Manchester City did not pay Mendy any wages from September 2021 until the end of his contract in June 2023.
Nick De Marco KC has confirmed that he is acting on behalf of Mendy and has filed a claim against Manchester City for the unpaid wages. According to De Marco, Manchester City failed to pay Mendy any wages during this time period despite him being found not guilty of all charges. The claim will be heard at an Employment Tribunal.
Mendy became one of the most expensive defenders in Premier League history when Manchester City paid £52m to Monaco for him in 2017. He won three titles with the club and was part of France’s World Cup-winning squad in 2018. Mendy last played for City in August 2021 before joining Lorient later that year.