Benjamin Mendy joins Ligue 1 club Lorient after rape acquittal

Benjamin Mendy, a former Manchester City defender, has signed for Ligue 1 club Lorient just 5 days after being found not guilty of rape. The 29-year-old left-back has agreed to a two-year contract with the French team after his City contract ended in the summer.

At Chester Crown Court on Friday, he was found not guilty of raping one lady and trying to rape another. Following a trial in January, Mendy was found not guilty of 6 charges of rape and one count of sexual assault.

Mendy became the world’s most expensive defender when City paid Monaco £52 million to sign the France defender in 2017.

Txiki Begiristain, City’s director of football, praised him as “one of the world’s best full-backs” when he joined the club.
He won the Premier League in his 1st season with City before joining the France team that won the World Cup in Russia in 2018.

Following his release from jail, numerous famous players, like Memphis Depay of the Netherlands and Vinicius Jr of Real Madrid, shared their support for Mendy on social media.

Mendy’s return to French football was announced by Lorient, who finished 10th in Ligue 1 last year, in the following statement: “Benjamin Mendy, world champion 2018, quadruple winner of the Premier League under the colours of Manchester City and French champion of Ligue 1 with Monaco, comes to reinforce the Lorient workforce for this new season. Welcome Benjamin.”

 

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