Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy has criticised media outlets for mistakenly using his image in stories about Manchester City's Benjamin Mendy.
France full-back Benjamin has been charged with six counts of rape and one of sexual assault, and remains in custody, with photos of Edouard and his cousin, Real Madrid's Ferland Mendy, were used in the articles.
On social media Senegal international Edouard (Mendy) wrote saying that their use was highly symbolic, adding: "It’s sad to see that in 2021, in France as well as in England, Black people have neither names nor distinct faces.
"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!"
Benjamin Mendy was recently charged with four counts of rape and one of sexual assault, relating to alleged attacks on three women at his home between 2020 and 2021 before appearing in court to face two further charges of rape, related to alleged attacks in July and August.
He was suspended by Premier League champions City after being charged by police, pending an investigation.