Benjamin Mendy, a defender for Manchester City, has been cleared of seven of the nine allegations brought against him.
Fidel Info reports that the defender was exonerated of six counts of rape and one count of sexual assault following a nearly five-month trial.
However, after 13 days of deliberation at Chester Crown Court, the jury was unable to make a decision on two more accusations against Mendy: one count of attempted rape in October 2018 involving a woman aged 29, and one count of rape in October 2020 involving a woman aged 24.
On the two charges where a verdict could not be reached, the Crown Prosecution Service has seven days to determine whether to pursue a retrial.
Louis Saha Matturie, Mendy’s co-accused, was found not guilty on three counts.
Six accusations against him could result in a retrial.
When Mendy was arrested in August 2021, Manchester City suspended him and ceased paying him in September.
This summer, his contract expires.
Chelsea Reach Agreement To Sign Joao Felix On Loan
A verbal agreement has been reached between Chelsea and Atletico Madrid for Joao Felix to join them on loan.
Fidel Info reports that Fabrizio Romano said that an agreement has been agreed for the Portuguese to play the rest of the season at the Bridge for a €11 million sum with Chelsea paying 100% of his wage.
Additionally, according to the source, Felix will fly to London in the next hours to take part in medical examinations as he prepares to finalize his transfer to the English giants.
Iwobi To Return To Football In Feb
Alex Iwobi, a midfielder for Everton, is anticipated to play against Arsenal on February 3 after missing the previous three weeks due to ankle ligament damage sustained during Friday’s 3-1 FA Cup third-round loss to Manchester United.
Fidel Info reports that following a vicious challenge by Tyrell Malacia in the 47th minute, the 26-year-old former Arsenal star injured his ankle ligaments.
Following a scan on Sunday, it was determined that the Nigerian would not need to sit out for an extended amount of time to receive treatment.
“Alex Iwobi is expected to be out for around three weeks with the ankle ligament injury sustained against Manchester United on Friday,” the club wrote on their website.
“The Everton midfielder was taken off on a stretcher early in the second half of the FA Cup tie at Old Trafford.
“Scan results on Saturday confirmed a lateral ligament injury that will be managed conservatively by the club’s medical team at Finch Farm.”
The injury is a further setback for Everton, who last week’s humiliating home loss to Brighton caused them to slip into the Premier League’s relegation zone.
Iwobi thanked Everton supporters for their support and assured them that he would be back soon in a post on social media.
The midfielder wrote, “Appreciate the love, back soon.”
Iwobi, who played in all 18 of Everton’s Premier League games this season, had been one of the team’s standout players prior to getting hurt. He had one goal and five assists.
With 15 points from 18 games, the Toffees are in 18th place in the table, and Iwobi’s absence will be noticed as Frank Lampard struggles to keep his team out of the relegation zone.
Alex Iwobi Suffers Terrible Ankle Injury
After being carried off the field during Everton’s FA Cup match against Manchester United at Old Trafford after suffering a terrible ankle injury, Alex Iwobi appears to be in for a protracted period of time on the sidelines.
Fidel Info reports that The Red Devils defeated the Toffees 3-1 to advance to the competition’s fourth round.
Tyrell Malacia’s vicious challenge on the former Arsenal star Iwobi, 26, in the 47th minute caused him to roll his ankle. As he departed the field, the Toffees midfielder covered his face with his hands, seeming genuinely upset and in pain.
Everton skipper Seamus Coleman immediately called for doctors to tend to the midfielder.
“Alex Iwobi has just gone over on his ankle and the ankle has gone inside,”Alan Stubbs said.
“I’m hoping he hasn’t done his ankle ligaments because it looks like that. “The momentum of the challenge from Malacia has rocked his ankle. It’ll either be one where he has jarred it and is fine to carry on or he won’t be able to continue and could be out for a few weeks.” After being attended to on the field, Iwobi was replaced by Abdoulaye Doucoure, and he received a standing ovation from the traveling Evertonian fans.
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