Benjamin Mendy news: Man City issues statement as player found not guilty on seven counts - but faces retrial

The Manchester City player and co-accused Louis Saha Matturie were on trial at Chester Crown Court for the last six months.

Footballer Benjamin Mendy has been found not guilty of sex attacks on four women, at Chester Crown Court. A jury returned not guilty verdicts on seven of the allegations against the Manchester City player. However, the jury did not reach verdicts on two other allegations against Mendy and were discharged today (13 January) by the judge.

Co-accused Louis Saha Matturie, 41, was cleared of three counts of rape. Jurors also failed to reach verdicts on three counts of rape and three counts of sexual assault against him relating to five other women.

The Crown Prosecution Service said it is seeking a retrial on the counts the jury failed to reach a verdict on for both men. Mendy’s retrial date has now been set for 26 June.

Mendy, 28, was suspended by City in August 2021 after he was charged. His contract at the club is due to expir later this year.

Mendy’s club today said in a 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.”