Manchester City footballer Benjamin Mendy will remain in custody ahead of a potential trial on rape charges after an application for bail was refused.
The 27 year old has been in custody at HMP Altcourse on Merseyside since last Friday, when he appeared at Chester Magistrates’ Court charged with four counts of rape and one sexual assault.
On Wednesday, another bail application was made in a 50-minute hearing held behind closed doors at Chester Crown Court.
Mendy, who also plays for the French national team, did not attend court.
Honorary Recorder of Chester Judge Steven Everett refused the application, a court spokesman said.
Mendy is charged with attacks on three different women, including one under 18, at his home on Withinlee Road in Prestbury, Cheshire.
Three of the rapes are alleged to have taken place in October 2020 and he is accused of sexually assaulting a woman in early January this year.
He is also charged with raping a woman last month.
The footballer, who has been suspended by the club pending investigation, is due to appear at Chester Crown Court on September 10.
In reaction to the news shared on Twitter by Man City Xtra, many Man City fans have been expressing their thoughts and opinions.
It’s not looking good for him. I don’t know if he done it or not but it’s not looking good— Lewis Yates (@lewisyates1021) September 1, 2021
That’s goodbye to his career in football— Sivuyile09 (@Siphe_Sihle1) September 1, 2021
Evidence must be very strong against him.— Alan Currie (he/him) (@AlanCurrieEMT) September 1, 2021
Honestly I couldn’t care less about that guy— 7 💫 (@MCFCHag) September 1, 2021
Why tf havent we just terminated his contract— Cyrus 🙇🏻♂️ (@SilkyCyrus_74) September 1, 2021
defamation of character so we can’t do it until he’s proven guilty— ¹⁰ (@SxrgioSZN) September 1, 2021
He needs to proven guilty— 7 💫 (@MCFCHag) September 1, 2021
Terminate his contract and good riddance. Don’t wanna here anything else about him— 𝙎𝙩𝙚 🇧🇼 (@CitehSte) September 1, 2021