Manchester City’s Benjamin Mendy arrived at Chester Magistrates’ Court today in a prison van under a police escort to face four charges of rape.
The 27-year-old is accused of attacking three women over ten months – and is also facing a single sexual assault charge.
Mendy has also been suspended by City, the club announced last night.
A Man City spokesman said: ‘Manchester City can confirm that, following his being charged by police, 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.’
Yesterday, a spokesman for Cheshire Constabulary said the Crown Prosecution Service had authorised the force to charge Mendy in connection with the alleged sex attacks, which involve three female complainants over the age of 16.
Mendy was part of France’s World Cup-winning squad in 2018 but did not play in the final.
The defender has made 75 appearances for Man City since signing from Monaco in 2017.