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    FOOTBALLER BENJAMIN MENDY BREAKS DOWN AFTER HE WAS ACQUITTED OF SEX OFFENCES

    Benjamin Mendy, a former footballer who played for Manchester City and the French national team, was found not guilty of sex offences by a UK jury, bringing an end to a three-year court ordeal. Mendy, 28, broke down in tears and expressed relief upon hearing the verdict at the conclusion of the three-week trial at Chester Crown Court. The jury, consisting of six men and six women, deliberated for approximately three hours and 15 minutes before delivering the not guilty verdicts on one count of rape and another of attempted rape.

    Earlier this year, Mendy had already been cleared of six counts of rape and one count of sexual assault following a six-month trial. However, the jury in that trial was unable to reach a verdict on two other counts, leading to a retrial. Mendy, whose contract with Manchester City ended in June, had consistently denied all charges against him.

    During the trial, Mendy was accused of being a sexual “predator” who allegedly raped or sexually assaulted young women brought to parties at his residence by Louis Saha Matturie, a 41-year-old alleged “fixer.” However, the jury found Matturie not guilty of three counts of rape in the earlier trial, and they also failed to reach verdicts on three counts of rape and three counts of sexual assault against Matturie by five other women. Matturie will face a separate retrial later this year.

    Mendy, who became the most expensive defender in history when he joined Manchester City from Monaco in 2017, had a successful career marred by injuries and a decline in performance. He played 75 matches for Manchester City but missed out on the team’s treble-winning season last year due to the ongoing trials.

    Following the verdict, Mendy’s lawyers released a statement expressing his delight at being acquitted in both trials and thanking the jury for focusing on the evidence presented rather than the rumors and speculation surrounding the case.

    “This is the second time that Mr Mendy has been tried and found not guilty by a jury. He is delighted that both juries reached the correct verdicts.

    “It has been almost three years since the police started investigating this matter. Mr Mendy has tried to remain strong but the process has, inevitably had a serious impact on him.

    “He thanks everyone who has supported him throughout this ordeal and now asks for privacy so he can begin rebuilding his life.”

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