Man City remove all mentions of Benjamin Mendy on club shop website after rape charge

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Benjamin Mendy. - AFP
Benjamin Mendy. - AFP

Manchester City have removed all products related to Benjamin Mendy from their official website and online store in the wake of the France defender’s rape and sexual assault charges.

Mendy, 27, will stand trial in January after being charged with four counts of rape and one count of sexual assault last month.

The left back appeared at Chester Crown Court on Friday and was remanded in custody. There will be a pre-trial hearing on Nov. 15 when Mendy and co-defendant Louis Saha Matturie, of Eccles, who has also been charged with four counts of rape, will make their pleas.

A trial date has been set for Jan. 24 next year and is expected to last around two to three weeks.

Mendy was suspended by City after being charged by police and it is now no longer possible to order a City shirt with his name and number via the official website or club online shop.

The player’s profile is still accessible on the website, even though it makes clear Mendy is currently suspended, but it is also no longer possible to search for any of his products.

Any attempt to search for ‘Mendy’ or ‘Benjamin Mendy’ on the club’s online store will redirect users to the website’s homepage.

City declined to comment on the matter when contacted by Telegraph Sport.

In a statement last month, the club said: “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.”

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