Benjamin Mendy released from Manchester City after facing rape charges

Following the publishing of Manchester City’s latest players retained list by the Premier League, Benjamin Mendy was listed as released.

The French defender is out of contract after six years at the club.

Mendy joined the blues in 2017 in a £52million transfer from Monaco. The left-back made 75 appearances before facing allegations of rape in November 2020.

The defender was suspended by Manchester City in August 2021, after further allegations were made and subsequently charges were brought.

Mendy was cleared of seven charges after being found ‘not guilty’ at Chester Crown Court.

However, the jury was hung on two of the charges. As a result, he will face a retrial on 26th June for one count of rape and one of attempted rape.

Manchester City confirmed in their statement:

‘Manchester City FC notes the verdict from Chester Crown Court today, where a jury has found Benjamin Mendy not guilty of seven charges. The jury is hung on two charges and the trial is now over.

‘Given there are open matters related to this case, the Club is not in a position to comment further at this time.’

Manchester City have not formally commented on the release of the player.

Although it is unlikely that he will return to the club.

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