Manchester City defender Benjamin Mendy was charged Thursday with four counts of rape and one count of sexual assault.
The charges against the 27-year-old left back stem from allegations from three separate complainants over the age of 16, Cheshire Police said in a statement.
Mendy is accused of attacks between October 2020 and August 2021, police said.
He was suspended from the English Premier League team pending an investigation.
“Manchester City can confirm that following his being charged by police today, Benjamin Mendy has been suspended pending an investigation,” the team said in a statement.
“The matter is subject to a legal process and the Club is therefore unable to make further comment until that process is complete.”
Mendy is set to appear in a British court on Friday.
The defender joined City in 2017 after playing for Monaco. He has been a member of City for three Premier League titles and two English League Cup wins.
With Post wires
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