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Man City star Benjamin Mendy, 27, is refused bail and held in prison until his rape and sex assault trial next year

Premier League footballer Benjamin Mendy was today refused bail ahead of his trial for rape and sexual assault due to take place in three months’ time.

The 27-year-old Manchester City defender, who is being held on remand at HMP Altcourse in Liverpool, was denied bail by a judge at Chester Crown Court.

Mendy, of Prestbury, Cheshire, who moved to the reigning champions for £52million in 2017, has been in custody for about seven weeks after being charged in August.

Benjamin Mendy is pictured on August 12 out with his teammates at The Ivy in Manchester

It was the third bail application the French footballer had made. He is yet to enter pleas to the charges of four counts of rape and one of sexual assault.

Mendy was not present in person at Chester Crown Court today. The press were excluded from the 50-minute hearing before Judge Patrick Thompson, but the result of the application was passed on after the hearing by a court official.

The defendant was charged on August 26 with three counts of rape relating to an alleged incident in October 2020 and with the sexual assault of a woman in early January this year. He is also charged with raping a woman in August.

The alleged attacks, on three different women including one under 18, are said to have happened at his home address in Prestbury.

Mendy is pictured playing or Manchester City against Leicester City on September 27, 2020
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