By John Essien
Manchester City defender, Benjamin Mendy has been denied bail for a third time, as he faces charges of rape and sexual assault.
The 27-year-old Frenchman was charged on August 26 after being accused of attacking three women at his home over a 10-month period.
Mendy, who is yet to enter a plea in response to the charges, has been given a trial date of January 24.
However, it has been revealed that Mendy has been refused the chance to serve bail until being due in court during the first month of 2022.
Mendy is alleged to have raped different women in October 2021 and August this year, while the sexual assault charge relates to an incident in January.
Man City had suspended the Premier League left-back in August, pending an investigation.
And he is now missing from the club’s official online shop, with fans unable to buy shirts with his name and number on the back.
He does, however, remain on the squad list with a full bio detailing his career.
Mendy joined City in 2017 from Monaco, and earns about £100,000 a week.
Since joining the Blues, he has won the Premier League three times, two League Cups and the Community Shield, despite making just 50 appearances for the club.