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Mendy Returns to Football, Plays first official match in two years

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Benjamin Mendy, acquitted in a sex offences trial in England in July, came on for Lorient on Sunday for his first game in two years.

The 29-year-old ex-Manchester City and France defender was introduced in the 70th minute of Lorient's 2-2 French Ligue 1 draw against Monaco.

His last competitive game before this was back in August 2021 in the Premier League for City against Tottenham.

Mendy's acquittal two months ago ended a three-year court process.

He signed for Lorient a week after his trial ended.

The player, who would have faced a lengthy jail term if convicted, had previously being cleared in January of six counts of rape and one of sexual assault following a six-month trial.

Jurors in that trial had been unable to reach a verdict on two other counts, triggering the retrial.

Mendy, whose contract with English and European champions Manchester City expired at the end of June, denied all the charges against him.

Mendy has 10 international caps and was part of the France squad that won the 2018 World Cup.

We will remind that in August 2021, Mandy was accused of sexual violence against several women. The football player was charged with eight counts of rape, one count of sexual assault and attempted rape against seven women. All said episodes took place between October 2020 and August 2021, and all applicants were aged 16 or over at the time.

Manchester City have confirmed Mendy's allegations of rape and sexual harassment and suspended the player from training and working with the team until an investigation is completed. Mandy himself has pleaded not guilty to all but one count.

Immediately after the charges were brought, Mendy was taken into custody, but in January 2022 the footballer was released on bail.

On September 22, 2022, Mandy was found not guilty of one count of rape. On January 14, 2023, the player was cleared of eight charges out of ten. On July 14, 2023, the last charges against Mandy were dropped.

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