Manchester City, footballer Benjamin Mendy has been charged with four counts of rape and one of sexual assault against three people.
The 27-year-old left-back has immediately been suspended by the club pending an investigation.
Mendy, who also plays for the French national team, has been remanded in police custody and is due to appear at Chester Magistrates’ Court tomorrow.
The five charges against the star relate to three people aged over 16 and are alleged to have taken place between October last year and this month.
Mendy, who was born in Longjumeau in the Paris suburbs, has played for Manchester City since 2017 when he joined from Monaco for a reported £52million.
A Cheshire Constabulary spokesman said: ‘The Crown Prosecution Service 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.
‘Mendy, of Prestbury, has been remanded in police custody and is set to appear at Chester Magistrates’ Court on Friday, August 27.
‘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.’