Benjamin Mendy of Man City Arrested in Custody on Rape Charges

A British court detained Manchester City defender Benjamin Mendy on Friday after being charged with four counts of rape and one count of sexual assault.

The 27-year-old appeared in Chester Magistrates Court in North West England to face charges brought by three whistleblowers.

The incidents are alleged to have taken place between October 2020 and August 2021.

The France international wore a red hoodie and black sweatpants as he stood on the dock to hear the charges, speaking to confirm his name, age and address.

It is alleged that he attacked the women, one of them under the age of 18, at his home in Prestbury, Cheshire.

Judge Jack McGarva referred the case to Chester Crown Court, where the footballer is due to appear on September 10.

The city suspended Mendy on Thursday after police confirmed the Frenchman had been charged.

“The matter is subject to legal process and, therefore, the Club cannot comment further until that process is complete,” the City’s statement added.

🚨 | OFFICIAL: “#ManCity can confirm that after being charged by the police today, Benjamin Mendy has been suspended pending an investigation. The matter is subject to legal process and therefore the Club cannot comment further. .. “

[via @ManCity]

– City Chief (@City_Chief) August 26, 2021

Mendy, who was part of France’s 2018 World Cup winning team, was placed on remand before his appearance at Chester Magistrates Court on Friday.

The left-back joined City in 2017 from Monaco for a total of £ 52 million ($ 71 million).

Mendy has played 75 times for City in the past four years, winning three Premier League titles, but has seen his playing time limited by injuries and loss of form.

He has just under two years left to run on a six-year contract.

The last of his 10 games for France was in November 2019.

(AFP)

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