26th August, 2021
Manchester City have confirmed that Benjamin Mendy has been suspended pending an investigation by the police on allegations of serious sexual offences.
“Manchester City can confirm that following his being charged by police today, Benjamin Mendy has been suspended pending an investigation, the club wrote in a statement on its website.
“The matter is subject to a legal process and the club is, therefore, unable to make further comment until that process is complete.”
A statement from Cheshire Police confirmed: “The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has authorised Cheshire Constabulary to charge a man in connection with allegations of sexual assault.
“Benjamin Mendy, aged 27, has been charged with four counts of rape and one count of sexual assault. The charges relate to three complainants over the age of 16 and are alleged to have taken place between October 2020 and August 2021.
Mendy has been remanded in police custody and will appear at Chester Magistrates’ Court on Friday 27 August.
The 27-year-old, who was part of France’s World Cup winning squad in 2018, has played twice for City this season.