Paul Pogba facetimes Benjamin Mendy after the former Man City defender is cleared of charges


Paul Pogba shares image of a laughing Benjamin Mendy as Jack Grealish and Rio Ferdinand appear to agree with Instagram posts vindicating Man City star after he is cleared of raping woman at £4m mansion

Paul Pogba has shown his support for Benjamin Mendy after the former Manchester City defender was cleared of rape and attempted rape on Friday.

Mendy was cleared after three hours of deliberation by a jury at Chester Crown Court – and broke down in the dock afterwards before saying he was ‘delighted’ with the not guilty verdicts.

He wept as he left the court following the verdicts, but was all smiles later in the day when he spoke with Pogba on facetime after his name was cleared.

The pair evidently share a close relationship after representing the France national team together and winning the World Cup in 2018 as part of Didier Deschamps’ side.

Pogba celebrated with Mendy as he raised a fist in the air and laughed down the camera while his friend grinned as they called from separate cars.

Benjamin Mendy was found not guilty of one count rape and one of attempted rape on Friday

Benjamin Mendy was found not guilty of one count rape and one of attempted rape on Friday

Paul Pogba (bottom right) celebrated with the former Manchester City defender in a facetime call - and he later posted a screenshot of the pair on Instagram to celebrate his freedom

Paul Pogba (bottom right) celebrated with the former Manchester City defender in a facetime call – and he later posted a screenshot of the pair on Instagram to celebrate his freedom

He wept as he left the court on Friday afternoon after being cleared of all charges against him

He wept as he left the court on Friday afternoon after being cleared of all charges against him

Former Manchester United midfielder Pogba posted a screenshot of the video exchange and started his update with the same single word that Mendy issued to reporters outside the court, Al Hamdullilah.

The 30-year-old Juventus star outlined his delight for his fellow countryman and also explained that he was eager to see Mendy back out on the pitch playing football.

Mendy’s last professional appearance was in August 2021 and is now a free agent after his contract at the Premier League champions expired at the end of June. 

Pogba stated online: ‘Al Hamdullilah. So happy for you bro .. all the people that was talking bad about you now I wanna see them cleaning your name. Can’t wait to see on the pitch again.’ 

Pogba (right) and Mendy (left) share a close relationship after playing together for France

Pogba (right) and Mendy (left) share a close relationship after playing together for France 

‘Alhamdulillah’ is an Arabic phrase meaning: ‘Praise be to God’ and was used given both Pogba and Mendy are of Islamic faith.

Former Barcelona star Samuel Umtiti showed his support for Mendy by engaging with Pogba’s post and commented three separate heart emojis.

The post has so far been liked by over half-a-million times on Instagram as more stars continued to break their previous silence while the trial was ongoing.

Mendy has now been acquitted of eight rapes, one attempted rape, and one sexual assault against seven women following two trials. 

There were further online messages of support for Mendy as Memphis Depay also posted a statement online in the aftermath of the hearing.

Depay – also formerly of Man United – criticised the handling of the situation and also called on footballing bodies to help Mendy restart his career after his Man City contract expired.

Memphis Depay posted a lengthy statement calling for support for Mendy after his court win

Memphis Depay posted a lengthy statement calling for support for Mendy after his court win

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Other players and former players such as Jack Grealish and Rio Ferdinand agreed with Depay

Other players and former players such as Jack Grealish and Rio Ferdinand agreed with Depay

His damning post received agreement from City and England star Jack Grealish and Rio Ferdinand as they offered their thoughts on the situation.

Depay posted alongside a single image of Mendy: ‘Lets talk about it! All cases dismissed. So what are we doing now?

‘Who is going to help this brother heal? Who’s going to be responsible for the damage on his name? How is he going to have his career back? Many years of investment to become a professional football player…. Now what!?

‘I’ve never touched on this subject because I didn’t know all the details, but I’ve spoken to him once through FaceTime while behind bars and faced him on the pitch a couple times. I didn’t see any evil in the man. We can’t accept this to happen to us as athletes..’ he added.

‘Who’s going to stand up for us in the time of need not when the damage is already done? Don’t turn your head away people..! Who’s f***ing defending us athletes? Where are the big corporations at when we need them?

Depay (pictured) wants footballing bodies to help Mendy get his career back on track

Depay (pictured) wants footballing bodies to help Mendy get his career back on track

‘Let’s all pray for Benjamin to get he’s mental health, physical and spiritual strength back!’

Grealish is a huge presence in the City dressing room and replied to Depay by commenting on the post: ‘So true brother’ alongside three clapping emojis and a heart.

Ferdinand similarly posted: ‘Loud and clear’ in the comments with a clapping emoji either side.

Fulham midfielder Andreas Pereira added: ‘True’ while Real Madrid and former Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger further added three clapping gestures in a show of respect for Depay.