Benjamin Mendy, a defender for Manchester City, has been charged with rape, according to police, and has been suspended by the Premier League winners.
After being charged with four charges of rape and one count of sexual assault against three persons, the France international is scheduled to appear in court on Friday.
A statement issued by Cheshire Police on Thursday read: “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 is set to appear at Chester Magistrates’ Court on Friday, Aug. 27.”
Club statement on Thursday read: “Manchester City can confirm that following his being charged by police today, Benjamin Mendy has been suspended pending an investigation.
“The matter is subject to a legal process and the club is therefore unable to make further comment until that process is complete.”
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