Tension as Manchester City Defender Moved to One of UK’s Roughest Jails Over Safety Concerns

Tension as Manchester City Defender Moved to One of UK’s Roughest Jails Over Safety Concerns

Chukwu Ikechukwu
updated at April 12, 2023 at 7:53 PM
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  • Benjamin Mendy was switched to a different prison on December 23, meaning he spent Christmas in top-security jail
  • The French defender was categorized as a vulnerable prisoner at Liverpool's HMP Altcourse prison
  • The Manchester City footballer has not featured for the current Premier League champions since the first week of the season

Manchester City defender Benjamin Mendy has been secretly moved to one of the roughest prisons in the UK after concerns over his safety the Sports Bible reports.

Tension as Manchester City defender transferred over safety concerns
Mendy only featured for Manchester City in the first week of the new campaign. Photo by James Williamson
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Mendy who has featured for current Premier League champions Manchester City at the first week of the current league season has been charged with sexual assault and will be appearing before a court on Friday.

The Daily Star reports that the France international player was moved just before Christmas to top-security prison Strangeways over fears for his safety.

The decision was made as the Category-A conditions at Strangeways were felt to be better equipped to deal with any potential issues as compared to Liverpool’s HMP Altercourse prisons where he was formally held.

On the pitch, however, Manchester City haven’t felt the impact of missing the versatile left-back as Pep Guardiola’s team seems to be coasting to yet another league title.

The Citizens are currently 10points clear at the top of the league table ahead of closest challenger Chelsea and Liverpool a further point behind albeit with a game in hand.

Mendy, who arrived at the Etihad in 2017 from Monaco, was suspended by City last August after he was charged by police.

The 27-year old’s trial preparation and a plea will be heard on 24th January, with the trial scheduled to start on either 27th June or 1st August.

Phil Jones: Heartwarming Footage of Man United Defender in Tears as Fans Chant His Name at Old Trafford

Earlier Sportsbrief reported Phil Jones was heavily applauded by Manchester United faithful on Monday, January 3 after making his first start for the Red Devils in 712 days.

Heartwarming footage has emerged online showing the centre back nearly in tears as he walks out of Old Trafford as applause ring all around for his stellar performance.

Jones had to start for the Red Devils, in the absence of Harry Maguire, who suffered a knock, and Victor Lindelof is still recovering from COVID-19.

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