Manchester City footballer Benjamin Mendy has been charged with four counts of rape by Cheshire Constabulary in the UK
The French National Team stalwart has been charged yesterday, 26 August, and was immediately detained pending a court hearing.
"The charges relate to three complainants over the age of 16, and are alleged to have taken place between October 2020 and August 2021," read a statement by the police.
On top of the rape charges, 27-year-old Mendy was also hit with one count of sexual assault.
Cheshire Constabulary stated that he will appear at Chester Magistrates' Court for a hearing today, 27 August, while reassuring that the proceedings will be carried out without prejudice.
In response, the club has suspended Mendy pending an internal investigation
The player had started the Citizen's opening two games of the season, and has been a mainstay in the side when fit
Mendy started the Community Shield curtain-raiser against Leicester City and the first fixture of the 2021/22 season against Tottenham Hotspur, in which the club lost both games 1-0.
He amassed 75 appearances for the blue side of Manchester in the four years since joining from AS Monaco in a staggering GBP52 million transfer.
The Frenchman has also played 10 times for Les Bleus, winning the World Cup in 2018. His playing career was also marred with persistent injury problems, exacerbated further since an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury in September 2017.