French footballer, Benjamin Mendy has taken legal action against former club Manchester City for what he alleges to be unauthorized deductions from his wages.
According to Sky Sports, the 29-year-old defender lodged the claim with the Employment Tribunal, stating he was not paid following his arrest on charges of rape and sexual assault in 2021.
Despite being acquitted of one count of rape and one count of attempted rape in July after a retrial at Chester Crown Court, Mendy asserts that he was not compensated for the period during the legal proceedings.
Previously, he was also found not guilty of six counts of rape and one charge of sexual assault against five women in January.
Mendy, who is currently playing for Ligue 1 team Lorient in France after his contract with Manchester City ended in June 2023, is seeking the withheld wages until the conclusion of his contract.
Nick De Marco KC, representing the player, confirmed the filing of the claim to Sky Sports News.
He said in a statement: “Nick De Marco KC (instructed by Laffer Abogados (Madrid) is acting for the former Manchester City player Benjamin Mendy in a multi-million-pound claim for unauthorised deductions from wages.
“Manchester City FC failed to pay Mr Mendy any wages at all from September 2021, following Mr Mendy being charged with various offence all of which he was subsequently acquitted of, until the end of his contract in June 2023.
“The claim will come before an Employment Tribunal.”