By Obiajulu Chiagoziem
France international and Manchester City defender, Benjamin Mendy, who is being accused of four counts of rape and one count of sexual assault, will stand trial next year.
Mendy was arraigned before a Chester Crown Court in Northwest England alongside
Louis Saha Matturie, 40, of Salford, charged with four counts of rape.
Both men were not given the chance to enter a plea during the hearing. Mendy was only able to confirm his name during the 45 minutes hearing.
Their next court appearance will be on 15 November and a trial date has been fixed for 24 January, 2022.
The 27 year old defender, Mendy has been charged with attacks on three different women, including one under 18, at his home in Prestbury, Cheshire, between October 2020 and August this year.
Mendy’s defending Lawyers, Eleanor Laws QC, have said that there would be an application to dismiss the charges at the November hearing.
The France international played for Manchester City since 2017, after he joined the club from Monaco for a reported £52m.
He was suspended by Manchester City after he was charged by the police, pending an investigation.