World Football

Benjamin Mendy makes return to football after two year absence

Rajarshi ShuklaRajarshi Shukla

September 17 2023
Benjamin Mendy Lorient
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Benjamin Mendy was accused of rape and attempted rape

On August 15, 2021, against Tottenham, Benjamin Mendy appeared in his last game and after 763 days the full-back resumed his playing career, as he made his debut for Lorient in a 2-2 draw against AS Monaco.

The full-back came in the 71st minute as he replaced Vincent Le Goff but couldn’t help the Ligue 1 side to secure a victory.

“Mendy and all other rapists and assaulters excluded from clubs” and points out that “in France, only 1% of rapists are convicted.”

After numerous messages were found on Lorient’s sidewalks on Friday that were written on A4 sheets of paper and adhered to walls in a form of protest common to French feminist organisations, the Ligue 1 match had become the topic of conversation of the town.

Five days after his conviction, Mendy inked an extension of two years with the club, and one person criticised him, saying, “Mendy in the bars, malaise in Lorient.”

Wissam Ben Yedder, the captain of Monaco, was targeted by another: “Red card for Ben Yedder.” The striker was placed under judicial supervision and accused of rape, attempted rape, and sexual assault at the beginning of August. He disputes the charges.

Such messages were earlier directed towards Mendy, Ben Yedder, and Achraf Hakimi, the Paris Saint-Germain full-back who is being investigated for rape allegations, on August 19, the day the squad played its first home game of the year. Collectif2Lorient, a freshly established organisation that aspires to

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