Edouard Mendy hits out over use of his image for Benjamin Mendy

Will Ford

Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy has hit out at media outlets for using his image in stories about Manchester City’s Benjamin mendy.

The City full-back has been charged with six counts of rape and one of sexual assault.

Photos of Edouard Mendy and his cousin, Real Madrid’s Ferland mendy, have been used to illustrate articles.

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The Chelsea star took to social media to say their use was ‘highly symbolic’ and insisted ‘it’s not that complicated to differentiate two faces’.

He wrote: “Sad to see that in 2021, in France as well as in England, for some, black people have neither names nor distinct faces,” the Senegal international wrote on Instagram.

“These ‘mistakes’ of photos appear anecdotal, but actually they are quite the opposite, they are highly symbolic.

“It’s not that complicated to differentiate two faces, especially when the football jersey is of valuable help!”

All the alleged offences against Benjamin Mendy relate to four women over the age of 16 and are alleged to have taken place between October 2020 and August 2021.

The statement from police added: “Cheshire Constabulary and the Crown Prosecution Service would like to remind everyone that criminal proceedings against Matturie and Mendy are live and that they have a right to a fair trial.”

Mendy, who is currently on remand at HMP Altcourse in Liverpool, is summonsed to appear at Stockport Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday.

A co-accused, Louis Saha Matturie, has also been charged with two additional counts of rape and one of sexual assault and now faces six rape charges in all.

Mendy was initially charged on August 26, with three counts of rape relating to an alleged incident in October 2020 and with the sexual assault of a woman in early January this year.

He was also charged with raping a woman in August this year.

The alleged attacks are said to have happened at his home address on Withinlee Road in Prestbury, Cheshire.

The left-back has played for Manchester City since 2017, when he joined from Monaco for a reported fee of £52million.