Manchester City player Benjamin Mendy is facing a tough road ahead of him as he was recently charged with rape and sexual assault.
According to reports by BBC, the 27-year-old defender has been charged with four counts of rape and one count of sexual assault, Cheshire Police reported.
Reports state that Mendy is facing charges based on three complainants over the age of 16 and are alleged to have taken place between October 2020 and August this year.
The Man City footballer has been remanded in custody and will appear at Chester Magistrates’ Court on Friday where his team of lawyers will be presented with the charges levied against him. He is also charged with breaking his bail conditions this month.
The left-back has played for last season’s Premier League champions since 2017 when he transferred from Monaco for a reported £52m.
A police spokesman said: “Cheshire Constabulary and the Crown Prosecution Service would like to remind everyone that criminal proceedings against Mendy are live and that he has a right to a fair trial.”
Man City’s Benjamin Mendy charged with rape
According to Manchester City, the defender, who also plays for the French national team, had 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,” the club added.
Benjamin Mendy is a French professional footballer who plays as a left-back for Premier League club Manchester City and the France national team. After coming through Le Havre’s youth academy, he began his playing career with the club’s reserve team in 2010, eventually being promoted to the first team a year later.