Manchester City defender Benjamin Mendy has been suspended by his club after being charged by police with four counts of rape and one of sexual assault.
The Premier League champions released a short statement on Thursday afternoon.
Mendy is being investigated by police after being charged. The left-back will remain suspended pending an investigation.
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The official statement from the club 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.”
The Crown Prosecution Service also released a statement detailing the charges, saying: “The CPS has authorised Cheshire Constabulary to charge Benjamin Mendy, aged 27, with four counts of rape and one count of sexual assault.
“The offences are alleged to have taken place in Cheshire between October 2020 and August 2021 and relate to three complainants over the age of 16.
“Mendy, of Withinlee Road, Prestbury, has been remanded in police custody and will appear before Chester Magistrates’ Court on Friday 27 August 2021.
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“Cheshire Constabulary and the Crown Prosecution Service would like to remind everyone that criminal proceedings against Mendy are active and that he has a right to a fair trial.
“It is extremely important that there should be no reporting, commentary or sharing of information online which could in any way prejudice these proceedings.”
Pep Guardiola spent £52m to bring Mendy to the Etihad from Monaco in 2017.
The France international has mostly struggled in England despite winning the Premier League three times.
A combination of both form and injuries have led to him struggling to cement a place in City’s team.
He has managed just 50 games in the top-flight and was recently heavily-criticised for his performance in the opening day defeat at Tottenham.
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