Benjamin Mendy (Lorient) starts against OM for the first time this season

The French international will start with the Merlus this Sunday evening (8:45 p.m.) against OM.

French international Benjamin Mendyacquitted this year by the British courts of , attempted and ault when he played in England, starts for the first time this season with Lorient, which hosts Marseille this Sunday (8:45 p.m.) at the end of the 15th day of League 1.

The 2018 world champion, whose recruitment this summer by the Breton club created controversy, has not started a match since mid-August 2021, when he was under contract with Manchester City.

The most expensive defender in history when he was recruited by the Citizens in 2017, Mendy was accused of several s and aults in August 2021, the start of a parenthesis of more than two years in his career and a long and painful legal interlude.

If he always denied the facts and finally obtained a complete acquittal from the British justice system in two stages, in January then last June, the hearings lifted the veil on a way of life seeming very far from the demands expected of a sportsman of high level.

The announcement of his recruitment this summer by FC Lorient sparked angry reactions. Several collage campaigns targeting him or denouncing sexist violence in football have since been carried out on the walls around the Moustoir stadium, where the Breton club plays.

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