Imprisoned in Liverpool at first, before being transferred to a high security prison in Manchester, Benjamin Mendy has been freed. At least, in appearance and as his team, Manchester City, are preparing to face the club of Swindon on the other side of the Channel. This Friday, January 7, judge Patrick Thompson decided to release the footballer on bail during a hearing which took place before the Crown Court in Chester, in the north-west of England. The 2018 world champion has therefore been placed under judicial supervision and will therefore be subject to “strict” conditions.

Benjamin Mendy, who was taken into custody at the end of August, is therefore forced to stay at his home and must not come into contact with the women who pointed out to him from August 2021. He will have to appear again in Chester on January 24, 2022 for his release to be reviewed. The 27-year-old athlete has already been warned: an arrest warrant will be issued against him in the event that he misses out on this new hearing.

Benjamin Mendy tried in the summer of 2022

But what is Benjamin Mendy accused of? The case started at the end of August when Manchester City announced their suspension without justifying it. It was then revealed that the main concerned was taken into custody after being accused of four rapes, including one which was allegedly committed a few days earlier. Since then, the left side has been targeted by seven charges of rape but is also indicted for sexual assault. The facts would have taken place between October 2020 and August 2021. His trial would not take place before the summer of 2022, in June or August. If he pleads not guilty, he risks life imprisonment.

Benjamin Mendy © Michael Alesi

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