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On November 16, an AFP dispatch announced that Manchester City defender Benjamin Mendy, already accused of rape, was accused by two new young women. But to talk about it, many media have used photos of the wrong Mendy.

It is a confusion that speaks volumes. On November 16, an AFP dispatch announced that Manchester City defender Benjamin Mendy, already accused of rape, was accused by two new young women, bringing the total number of plaintiffs against the French international to 4. The press s’ is, logically, echoed. But to talk about it, many media have used photos of the wrong Mendy.

In most cases, it was Chelsea goalkeeper Édouard Mendy – and not Benjamin – who was posted by the media. This is what the British Mirror did, whose article, since modified, has even been propelled on theUpday information aggregator. The platform apologized evoking a photo caption problem. Radio France Internationale also cracked a web article representing Edouard Mendy, before apologizing. Ditto for Liberation, but this time in its paper version, of which only the latest editions could be corrected – the daily also apologizing the next day.

Sometimes it is also Ferland Mendy, the Real Madrid back, who illustrates the articles on the new accusations against the Manchester City defender. This is for example the case of the web article of Parisian, whose photo has since been modified.

The errors, in most cases, were short-lived, but they rightfully offended the victims of these confusions. ” Sad to see that in 2021, in France as in England, for some, blacks have neither first names nor distinct faces. These photo errors seem anecdotal, on the contrary they are highly symbolic », Lamented Édouard Mendy on Instagram.

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