FOOTBALL – The future of Benjamin Mendy seems to be far, very far from football. Already suspended by Manchester City since his indictment on August 26 for suspicion of four rapes and a sexual assault, the French left-back has now disappeared from the English club’s online store.
According to The Telegraph, the latter indeed made the decision on Tuesday, September 14 to remove from sale all commercial products mentioning the player. It is nevertheless still possible to find traces of Benjamin Mendy on the official website of the club, the latter having not yet officially withdrawn from its squad.
The world champion is charged with three rapes in October 2020 at his home in Prestbury, Cheshire. He is also accused of the rape of a woman in August 2021, also at his home. One of the alleged victims is a minor. He is also accused of sexual assault on a woman, still at his home, in early January 2021.
His last court hearing took place in Chester (in the north of England) on September 10. Kept in custody, his trial was set for January 24, 2022. This date, which may be changed if he pleads guilty by then, was decided at the end of the hearing where the French international did not s ‘is expressed only to decline its identity. The next deadline is scheduled for November 15th.
To recruit Benjamin Mendy, revealed in Marseille and spent a season by Monaco, City had paid 52 million pounds (about 60 million euros), making at the time of the young French left-back the most expensive defender in history . But his career has since been punctuated by injuries, such as his cruciate ligament rupture in 2017, forcing the French international (10 first-team caps) to spend more time treating his knees and muscle problems than kicking in. a ball.
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