Manchester City defender Benjamin Mendy has been charged with four counts of rape and one count of sexual assault.
Premier League champions Manchester City have confirmed that they have suspended full-back Mendy in light of the charges.
City added that they cannot make any further comments until the legal process is complete.
Cheshire police confirmed the charges in a statement on Thursday afternoon:
“The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has authorised Cheshire Constabulary to charge a man in connection with allegations of sexual assault,” the statement read.
“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, of Withinlee Road, Prestbury, has been remanded in police custody and is set to appear at Chester Magistrates’ Court on Friday 27 August.
“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.
“It is extremely important that there should be no reporting, commentary or sharing of information online which could in any way prejudice ongoing proceedings.”
- MAN CITY STATEMENT IN FULL
“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.”