Manchester City is facing a legal battle after former defender Benjamin Mendy filed a claim with the Employment Tribunal against the club for “unauthorised deductions from wages.” The 29-year-old, who last played for the club in August 2021 and now plays for Lorient in Ligue 1, is seeking the return of pay he is owed up until the end of his contract, which ended in June 2023.
Mendy’s lawyer, Nick De Marco KC, confirmed that a claim has been filed and stated that Manchester City failed to pay Mendy any wages from September 2021 until the end of his contract due to charges he faced for rape and sexual assault in 2021. Despite being found not guilty on all counts earlier this year, Mendy believes that he should have received his full pay during this time.
Manchester City did not comment on the matter when contacted by Sky Sports News. Mendy became the Premier League’s most expensive defender when City paid £52m to Monaco for him in 2017. He won three titles with City and was part of France’s World Cup-winning squad in 2018.