Andrew Tate, the controversial American-British Media personality, has voiced his support in favor of former Manchester City defender, Benjamin Mendy, amidst the ongoing battle between the player and the English club for back pay.
Benjamin Mendy left Manchester City in the summer, opting to join FC Lorient on a free transfer. The French defender last appeared for the English club back in August 2021 and according to Mendy’s accountant, Manchester City has not paid the wages of the defender since September 2021.
Andrew Tate recently spoke on the issue, raising some pointed questions aimed at Manchester City’s management. Tate addressed the bay pay issue of Mendy and proceeded to ask “Where is all the money he is owed, where is all the time he lost, where is all the pain and suffering for the stress he has gone through.”
Benjamin Mendy was charged with r*pe and s*xual assault in 2021 which turned his career upside down, starting with suspension from the Manchester City squad back in August 2021. The French star was cleared of those charges in July 2023 and has been struggling with financial issues.
Former Manchester City defender Benjamin Mendy has made his debut for Ligue 1 side Lorient.https://t.co/IAIfi8ThEa
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Tate also emphasized that beyond the bay pay issue, Mendy should also be compensated for the loss of time and stress that the French player endured during the two-year ordeal.
Andrew Tate is known to speak on controversial issues in order to maintain his presence in the news cycle. Tate voicing his support for Mendy is not surprising, considering the negative press surrounding the soccer star following the legal charges brought against him in 2021.
Benjamin Mendy looking for back pay from Manchester City to avoid bankruptcy
The former Manchester City defender is chasing the back pay from the English club in order to avoid filing for bankruptcy. The HM Revenue and Customs has revealed an international tax debt of nearly $980,000 owed by Mendy.
The French international is currently negotiating with the English club for back pay, which amounts to around $12 Million. The French defender is also exploring the option of selling his house in Cheshire, United Kingdom which is reported to be around $6 Million.
Benjamin Mendy to make his return as hostile banners in Lorient keep targeting the former Manchester City left-back
Lorient left-back Benjamin Mendy (29) is edging closer to a return to competition this weekend. Les Merlus host Ligue 1 leaders AS Monaco on Sunday afternoon pic.twitter.com/8yujDYyxU5
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The bankruptcy proceedings have been adjourned to October 4 in order to give time to the camp of Benjamin Mendy to sell his house to clear the international tax debt.
Benjamin Mendy is facing financial difficulties due to his unpaid suspension from Manchester City and the legal expenses incurred during a lengthy legal battle against the aforementioned charges.
Mendy joined Manchester City from Monaco in 2017 for $64 Million, a world-record fee for a defender at that time. However, he struggled with injuries during his time at Manchester, with only 75 appearances for the club in the first four years before his suspension in 2021. Now, at the age of 29 in 2023, Mendy is back in Ligue 1 looking to rebuild his career after a two-year hiatus.