Manchester City have confirmed that Benjamin Mendy has been suspended pending an investigation after being charged by police in connection with 'serious sexual offences'.
A statement from the club read: “Manchester City can confirm that following his being charged by police today, Benjamin Mendy has been suspended pending an investigation.
“The matter is subject to a legal process and the club is therefore unable to make further comment until that process is complete.”
A statement from Cheshire Police confirmed: "The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has authorised Cheshire Constabulary to charge a man in connection with allegations of sexual assault.
"Benjamin Mendy, aged 27, has been charged with four counts of rape and one count of sexual assault. The charges relate to three complainants over the age of 16 and are alleged to have taken place between October 2020 and August 2021.
"Cheshire Constabulary and the Crown Prosecution Service would like to remind everyone that criminal proceedings against Mendy are live and that he has a right to a fair trial.
"It is extremely important that there should be no reporting, commentary or sharing of information online which could in any way prejudice ongoing proceedings."
Mendy has been remanded in police custody and will appear at Chester Magistrates' Court on Friday 27 August.
The 27-year-old, who was part of France's World Cup winning squad in 2018, has played twice for City this season. He joined the club from Monaco in 2017 for around £52m and has made 75 appearances in all competitions during that time.