Benjamin Mendy makes return to action with Lorient in Ligue 1 after rape acquittal

Benjamin Mendy in action for Lorient against Monaco in Ligue 1 in September 2023.
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Former Manchester City defender Benjamin Mendy finally returned to action with Lorient in Ligue 1 on Saturday after more than two years on the sidelines.

The World Cup winner has been out of action since August 2021, when allegations of rape and sexual assault first surfaced.

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Ben Hayward
Weekend editor

Ben Hayward is the Weekend Editor of FourFourTwo. A European football writer and Tottenham Hotspur fan with over 15 years’ experience, he has covered games all over the world - including three World Cups, several Champions League finals, Euros, Copa America - and has spent much of that time in Spain. Ben speaks English and Spanish, currently dividing his time between Barcelona and London, covering all the big talking points of the weekend on FFT: he’s also written several list features and interviewed Guglielmo Vicario for the magazine.