Benjamin Mendy, a former defender for Manchester City, is going to sue the Premier League winners because he says they owe him millions of pounds in missed pay.
Mendy will take City to an employment panel to try to get back what he thinks were “unauthorised deductions from wages” made after he was charged with rape and sexual attack two years ago.
The 29-year-old man was found not guilty of rape and attempted rape, and he left City in June when his contract ran out.
It is said that City stopped paying Mendy in September 2021, after he was first arrested and charged.
According to a statement from Mendy’s lawyers, Nick De Marco KC is representing him in a multimillion-pound claim for unlawful withdrawals from pay. The statement was sent to Sky Sports and The Guardian.
“From September 2021, when Mr. Mendy was charged with several crimes but later found not guilty, until the end of his contract in June 2023, Manchester City FC did not pay him any wages at all. A court for work will hear the case.
Mendy was found not guilty of six counts of rape and one count of sexual attack in January. However, the jurors could not agree on the outcome of two cases, which led to a new hearing.
In July, he was tried again and found not guilty of those two crimes.
It is said that City paid Mendy around £100,000 ($125,000) a week. He is now asking for the money he is due until the end of his deal with the treble winners.
Premier League winner three times with City, Mendy last played for Pep Guardiola’s team in 2021. He then joined Lorient in France at the start of this season.