Benjamin Mendy: Manchester City defender charged with two additional counts of rape

Manchester City footballer Benjamin Mendy, 27, has been charged with two additional counts of rape, the United Kingdom Crown Prosecution Service said. Mendy is now facing six counts of rape and one count of sexual assault. The charges relate to four complainants over the age of 16.

The France left-back was originally charged on Aug. 26 with alleged attacks on three different women between October 2020 and August 2021 and was denied bail for a second time at the start of October. Mendy has not yet formally entered a plea but his lawyer said the player has denied the allegations.

The CPS also said it had authorised Cheshire Police to charge Louis Saha Matturie, 40, with two additional counts of rape and one of sexual assault. Both men will appear at the Stockport Magistrates' Court on Wednesday.

Mendy joined City from Monaco in 2017 and has made 75 appearances for the club. After starting the 1-0 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur on the opening weekend of the season, he was an unused substitute for the 5-0 win over Norwich City on Aug. 21.

Mendy, whose trial is due to begin at Chester Crown Court on Jan. 24, 2022, has been suspended by City, pending an investigation.

Information from Reuters was used in this report.