accused of rape, Benjamin Mendy faces justice

The 2018 World Champion Test opens this Wednesday in Chester, England.

A soccer world champion accused of eight rapes, an attempted rape and a sexual assault in England: Benjamin Mendy’s trial opens in Chester on Wednesday, far from the turf where the Frenchman had a turbulent career.

The 28-year-old footballer is accused by seven women and denies all ten charges, which relate to incidents which allegedly took place between October 2018 and August 2021 at his home in Prestbury, Cheshire.

He is on trial alongside another man, Louis Saha Matturie – not related to ex-footballer Louis Saha -, prosecuted for eight rapes and four sexual assaults on eight women between July 2012 and August 2021. The latter also has pleaded not guilty.

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Winner of the 2018 World Cup with the French national team, where he played the role of a good partner if not one of the key players, Benjamin Mendy left the grass for almost a year for the dock and the prison cells of Liverpool. and Manchester, where he spent more than four months, from August 2021 to January 2022, in pre-trial detention. Released in early January, he was placed under court supervision pending trial. Mendy has not played a single game of football since August 15, 2021 for his club Manchester City, who suspended him when the case began.

The career of the native of Longjumeau, in the Paris region, had followed, however, an upward trajectory, with a long-term contract at one of the best European clubs, Manchester City, world title with the French national team. but also several trophies in England and a surprise Ligue 1 win in 2017 with AS Monaco and fellow Monegasque Kylian Mbappé.

Social media geek

At the time, Mendy broadcast the teaser image of his respective teams, the bon vivant always ready to turn on his portable speakers and play the role of DJ on the bus or in the dressing room, to start a dance in celebration of the minimum goal of his teammates or multiply the”storieson Instagram, is the hyperactive of social networks.

On the pitch, he is a powerful, attack-focused and dangerous left-back, although he sometimes struggles to control his weight and experiences some periods of poor fitness, a neglect that his coaches regularly point out.

Physical problems, mostly, caught up to him in his early twenties, between a serious right knee injury before the 2018 World Cup, an operation on his left four months later, then another torn meniscus in early 2019.

I don’t despair“that he”take better care of your body“, coach Didier Deschamps also piques in November 2019, when he reminds the Blues of the one to whom he had only conceded forty minutes of play during the Tricolors’ epic in Russia, in 2018, as Lucas Hernández’s double.

It is already fixed by his behavior

A few months earlier, Mendy had already been singled out for his behavior by his Manchester manager, Pep Guardiola, after a nightclub outing revealed to the local press.

They are old enough to know what to do, I am not their father. I’d prefer him to go home early, but I don’t control the players in that situation“, the Spanish coach had lamented about his defender recruited for 58 million euros in 2017, who also made the cover of the merciless English tabloids in 2020, during the seizure of his Lamborghini, driven without a license or insurance by the french international

Trained at Le Havre before a stint at Marseille (2013-2016), a prelude to his triumphant season in Monaco, Mendy ultimately never managed to break into the French national team – he has just 10 caps in the blue shirt, just one from of 2018.

Four years later, the laughing smile of Moscow has given way to the smile of the courts in the West of England, where the ex-fiancée of the French national team faces ten charges, including eight for rape.

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