Manchester City star, Benjamin Mendy has been denied bail after he arrived in court on Friday to face charges of rape and sexual assault.
It was confirmed on Thursday that the defender was being held in custody and is accused of four counts of rape and one of sexual assault.
The 27-year-old arrived at Chester Magistrates’ Court in a security van with a police car alongside.
The judge denied the footballer bail, meaning he will be held in police custody until September 10.
The France international is charged with three counts of rape on a date in October 2020 and one of raping a woman this week, as well as one count of sexual assault on a woman in January 2021. The left-back is also charged with breaching bail conditions.
Mendy has been suspended by City as a result of the charges.
The Premier League side said in a statement: “Manchester City can confirm that following his being charged by police today, Benjamin Mendy has been suspended pending an investigation. The matter is subject to a legal process and the Club is therefore unable to make further comment until that process is complete.”
The full-back joined the English club from Monaco in 2017 in a deal worth a reported £52 million. He has struggled with injuries throughout his time in Manchester, however, and has been limited to just 75 appearances in all competitions.
Mendy played the full 90 minutes against Leicester in the Community Shield this month and started their opening game of the Premier League campaign against Tottenham.
He was an unused substitute for the 5-0 win against Norwich last week