Amidst the flurry of transfer news and rumors, the Soccer world was stunned by the reports from several French sources alleging that Wissam Ben Yedder was involved in two cases of sexual assault and rape. Earlier this year, the French striker was sentenced to six months in jail for Spanish tax fraud.
In 2019, AS Monaco reached an agreement for the transfer of Ben Yedder with the Spanish side Sevilla by activating his release clause of $45 million. During the 2022/23 season, the Frenchman represented Monaco in 43 matches, scoring 25 goals and providing 7 assists.
Monaco ace Wissam Ben Yedder faces r*pe charges
After escaping from a six-month jail time in Spain, the French striker now faces allegations of sexual assault and rape made by two females. According to a French newspaper Nice Matin, the complaints against the 32-year-old have been registered at a local police station in the south-eastern French city, Cagnes-sur-Mer.
The report suggests that the two women, aged 19 and 20 respectively, have accused the Monaco striker of sexual assault during a night out earlier this week.
🚨 Wissam Ben Yedder is under investigation for sexual assault and rape.
Two women accuse the Monaco player and his little brother of imposing sexual acts on them earlier this week. 👀
— Transfer News Live (@DeadlineDayLive) July 13, 2023
Although there has been no arrest or hearing, the local prosecutor’s office has confirmed the credibility of the complaints and the case has been transferred to the public prosecutor’s office. Authorities also cited the involvement of the Frenchman’s younger brother in the same incident.
Ben Yedder avoided jail sentence with a $146000 fine earlier this year
In the summer of 2016, Sevilla signed the Frenchman from Toulouse for a reported fee of $10 million. The horrid phase in the French international’s career began earlier this year when he was accused of tax fraud by the Spanish authorities. During his stint with the Spanish side, the French striker initially failed to submit his tax return on time and only did so after the Spanish tax regulatory body initiated a verification process.
However, there were financial irregularities found, as the Frenchman consciously did not include the interest received from his three bank accounts. The former Sevilla striker also failed to declare $90,000, which was paid to a company for his image rights. Rather than serving a six-month jail term, the 32-year-old forward was later fined $146,000 for his financial irregularities.
The French striker helped to steer his French side AS Monaco to a sixth-place finish in the Ligue 1. Although there has been no official reply from the player’s side, it seems as though the Frenchman has to face criminal proceedings yet again.