France – the world | England: Former Olympian Benjamin Mendy, 2018 world champion with the Blues, responds to rape charges in court

The former left-back at OM, who has also passed through Monaco and Manchester City, is accused of eight cases of rape, attempted rape and sexual assault in England.

By La Provence (with AFP)

World soccer champion charged with eight rapes, attempted rape and sexual assault in England: Benjamin Mendy’s trial begins on Wednesday in Chester, far from the prairie where the French were going through a turbulent march. The 28-year-old footballer has been charged by seven women and denies the 10 charges related to events that allegedly occurred between October 2018 and August 2021 at his home in Priestbury, Cheshire.

He is being tried alongside another man, Luis Saha Matori – not related to former footballer Luis Saha – who was tried by him for eight rapes and four sexual assaults on eight women between July 2012 and August 2021. The latter also pleaded not guilty. The 2018 World Cup winner with France, where he played a good companion if not one of the key players, promoted Benjamin Mendy left for nearly a year for the dock and prison cells in Liverpool and Manchester, where he spent more than four months, from August 2021 to January 2022, in Remand. Released in early January, he was placed on judicial probation pending trial.

Mendy has not played a single football match since August 15, 2021 with his club, Manchester City, which stopped him when the case began. However, the career of the Longomo, in the Paris region, had, until then, followed an upward path, with a long-term contract in one of the best European clubs, Manchester City, a world title with the France team, but also several titles in England and a victory Surprisingly in Ligue 1 in 2017 with Monaco and his partner in Monaco Kylian Mbappe.

Obsessed with social media

At the time, Mendy imparted his own bands humor, a bon vivant always ready to turn on his portable speakers and play DJ in the bus or locker room, to start an event celebration-style dance. The slightest goal of his teammates or multiple “stories” on Instagram, he is very active on social networks. On the pitch, he is a strong left-back, focused on attack and dangerous in rhythm, even if he sometimes struggles to control his weight and suffers for short periods of poor physical condition, a neglect that coaches regularly notice.

Above all, he faced his physical glitches in his early twenties, between a serious right knee injury before the 2018 World Cup, surgery on the left four months later, and then another meniscus injury in early 2019.”I don’t despair“it’s a”Take better care of your body”, Pique alongside coach Didier Deschamps in November 2019, when he reminds the Blues of the one who gave him only forty minutes of play during the Tricolors saga in Russia, in 2018, as a stunt double for Lucas Hernandez.

Already fixed for his behavior

A few months ago, Mendy had already been picked up for his behavior by his Manchester coach, Pep Guardiola, after a nightclub outing that was revealed by the local press. “They’re old enough to know what they’re doing, I’m not his father. I’d rather he come home early, but I don’t control the players in this case”, lamented the Spanish technical about recruiting his defender for 58 million euros in 2017, which also made the front page of the harsh English newspapers in 2020, when his Lamborghini, which he was driving without a license or insurance, was seized by the Frenchman International.

Mendy trained in Le Havre before a stint in Marseille (2013-2016), the preamble to his victorious season in Monaco, and was ultimately unable to break into the French team: he has only 10 picks in the blue jersey, only one since 2018.

Four years later, Moscow’s laughing grin has receded from the courtroom smile of western England, where the former France team-mate faces ten counts including eight rapes.

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