Manchester City have confirmed that the defender Benjamin Mendy is facing charges of rape. The 23-year-old is expected to be arraigned on Tuesday in Miami, Florida, where he lives, on two counts of sexual assault and one count of forcible touching. The incident is alleged to have occurred in late 2017.
The prosecution has asked for Mendy’s bail amount to be set at $100,000 and for a travel ban to be granted. A hearing is scheduled for 8pm local time on Tuesday.
In a statement, City said: “Manchester City Football Club is aware of the arrest of Benjamin Mendy and are looking into the matter. The club will provide further information when it is available.”
City are due to play Arsenal at the Emirates on Wednesday night and Mendy did not travel with the squad for the match. He had been absent from City’s last three matches due to a hamstring injury.
On Monday Mendy, who made a dramatic return to action in the 5-1 drubbing of Fenerbahce in the Champions League last month, wrote on Instagram: “Regarding everything, I hope you will understand my sorrow, humility and gratitude [sic] for you all to read.
“Please, be patient. Thank you again, this time more than ever before.”