He is one of the faces of the Blues world champions in 2018: French footballer Benjamin Mendy is accused of four rapes and sexual assault, we learned this Thursday, August 26. The defender is 27 years old.
Manchester City, the club in which he plays in England, issued a statement announcing his suspension for the duration of the investigation, without specifying the nature of the latter.
The facts would have taken place between October 2020 and August 2021, according to the English police. ” Mendy was remanded in custody, awaiting his presentation in court in Chester on Friday August 27 ”, Cheshire (northwest) police said in a statement.
A dotted career
To recruit Mendy, revealed in Marseille, Manchester City had paid 52 million pounds (nearly 60 million euros) to snatch him after only one season in Monaco, making at the time the young French left-back the most defender dear to history.
But his career has since been punctuated by injuries, like his cruciate ligament rupture in 2017, forcing Mendy to spend more time treating his knees and muscle ailments than kicking a ball.
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He was also the delight of the tabloids when his Lamborghini Aventador SVJ was seized with a value of more than 500,000 euros in the fall of 2020, which he was driving without a license or insurance. He finally pleaded guilty and was fined just over 1,000 euros.