Yesterday, Premier League champions Manchester City released a statement where they announced that French left back Benjamin Mendy has been suspended indefinitely over 4 charges of rape and one count of sexual assault. The player played in Manchester City’s opening game versus Tottenham and was on the bench in their most recent game versus Norwich.
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The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) confirmed that the charges took place in Cheshire, England between October 2020 and August 2021. All four charges are about females over the age of 16. The CPS statement also announced that “Mendy, of Withinlee Road, Prestbury, has been remanded in police custody and will appear before Chester Magistrates’ Court on Friday 27 August 2021,” meaning there will be more news today.
The Manchester City statement was quite short but also straight to the point. They stated that “The matter is subject to a legal process and the Club is therefore unable to make further comment until that process is complete.” They also confirmed that the player has been suspended pending an investigation.