The Manchester City defender Benjamin Mendy has been cleared of six counts of rape and one count of sexual assault after a trial which began in August 2022.
The jury has been discharged after it failed to reach a verdict on two further charges and he will be retried on these in the summer.
Mendy’s co-accused, Louis Saha Matturie, has been found not guilty of three charges. He faces a retrial on six more charges in September.
Both men denied the charges and said all the sexual activity was consensual.
Detective Chief Inspector Kate Tomlinson, of Cheshire Constabulary, said: “Following a full and thorough investigation into allegations of rape and sexual assault made against Mendy and Matturie a file of evidence was submitted to the Crown Prosecution Service, who directed that a prosecution case should be pursued.
“There will now be re-trials for the remaining matters later this year and we continue to support the witnesses in this case, and work with our colleagues at the Crown Prosecution Service.
Manchester City suspended Mendy when he was arrested in August 2021 and stopped paying him in September 2021.
His contract expires this summer.
Benjamin Mendy is a French professional football player who was born on 17 July 1994 in Longjumeau, France. Mendy currently plays for Manchester City and the French national team.
He is of African origin
Position and Playing Style
Mendy plays as a left full-back for his club and country. The Frenchman boasts of incredible energy, pace and strength and is hard to stop when he gets going. Moreover, he is a willing runner and always provides an attacking avenue for his team.
.Profession: association football player
.Net Worth: 13 Million Euro
.Playing Position: left-back
.Current Club Team: Manchester City
.Current National Team: France
.Jersey Number: 22