Chelsea’s Édouard Mendy (left) and Real Madrid’s Ferland Mendy (center) have complained to the media about their images being used to illustrate news stories about Manchester City’s Benjamin Mendy (right), who has been accused of rape and sexual assault.
France international Benjamin Mendy has been charged with six counts of rape and one count of sexual assault.
Although he has not yet entered a plea, his lawyer claims that the player denies the allegations.
The 27-year-old, who has been in detention since August, has been suspended by the city.
Ferland Mendy plays for France, and Édouard Mendy is a Senegalese international.
The two, who are cousins, shared screenshots of reports from several media outlets using their photographs for reports about Benjamin Mendy.
“Sad to see that in 2021, in France as well as in England, for some, Black people have neither names nor distinct faces,” Édouard wrote in a story posted on his Instagram page.
“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!”
The Real Madrid left-back was tagged in Edouard’s story and he also reacted to the mix-up.
“Thank you Edouard Mendy!” wrote Ferland.
“We are in 2021! Stop it. It will take time, but you will end up respecting us, whether you like it or not.”