Benjamin Mendy has been acquitted of all charges of rape and attempted rape.
Why it matters
The verdict is significant as it concludes a three-year court process and clears Mendy of serious criminal charges.
What the papers say
The Independent describes Mendy's emotional reaction to the verdict, while France 24 highlights the statement from Lorient announcing his signing. The Telegraph provides background information on Mendy's previous trials, and Al Jazeera mentions that this is the second time Mendy has been found not guilty by a jury.
How we got here
Mendy had previously been cleared of six counts of rape and one count of sexual assault in January. He was accused of raping a 24-year-old woman in October 2020 at his mansion in Cheshire.
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