Footballers complain that the media are using their images to accompany stories about Benjamin Mendy, accused of rape.
Chelsea’s Edouard Mendy and Real Madrid’s Ferland Mendy have complained that the media are using their images to illustrate reporting on Manchester City’s Benjamin Mendy, who has been charged with rape and sexual assault.
Benjamin Mendy, a French international, has been charged in the UK with six counts of rape and one of sexual assault.
He has yet to officially plead guilty, but his lawyer said the player has denied the allegations.
The Premier League club have suspended the 27-year-old defender, who has been detained since August.
Edouard Mendy is a Senegalese international, while Ferland Mendy plays for France. The two, who are cousins, shared screenshots of reports from multiple media outlets using their photographs for reports on Benjamin Mendy.
All three players are black.
“Sad to see that in 2021, in France as in England, for some, blacks have neither names nor distinct faces”, wrote Edouard on Instagram.
“These photo ‘mistakes’ seem anecdotal, but in reality they are quite the opposite, they are highly symbolic.
“It’s not that complicated to differentiate two faces, especially when the football shirt is of great help!
– CFCDaily (@CFCDaily) November 17, 2021
“Thank you, Edouard Mendy! Ferland wrote on Twitter, in response to Edouard’s Instagram story.
“We are in 2021. Stop! It will take time but in the end you will respect us. Whether you like it or not. “
Benjamin Mendy signed for City from AS Monaco in Ligue 1 in 2017 for around £ 52million ($ 70million).
He faces six allegations of rape and one of sexual assault, after the new charges were added on Tuesday.
The offenses were allegedly committed against four women over the age of 16 at her home in Prestbury, north-west England, between October 2020 and August this year.
Mendy appeared by video conference before magistrates in Manchester since his custody on Wednesday.
The footballer, seen wearing a cream-colored sweatshirt, only spoke to confirm his name and date of birth during the five-minute hearing.
A second man, Louis Saha Matturie, 40, faces six counts of rape and one of sexual assault and has appeared alongside Mendy.
District Judge Margaret McCormack has referred the case to Chester Crown Court, where the two will appear for a hearing scheduled for Thursday.
No bail application was filed and the couple were remanded in custody. The trial date has been set for January 24 next year.