London, Aug 26 (EFE).- Manchester City’s Benjamin Mendy has been charged Thursday with four counts of rape and one of sexual assault, police said in a statement after the club announced he had been suspended.
The Crown Prosecution Service authorized Cheshire Constabulary to press the charges,
“Benjamin Mendy, aged 27, has been charged with four counts of rape and one count of sexual assault,” the statement read.
“The charges relate to three complainants over the age of 16 and are alleged to have taken place between October 2020 and August 2021.”
The French international is currently being held in police custody and is due to appear before Chester Magistrates’ Court on Friday.
Manchester City released a statement earlier in the day.
“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 comments until that process is complete.”
Mendy won the 2018 World Cup with France and has won the Premier League three times with City. EFE