Manchester City defender, Benjamin Mendy, was on Monday refused bail ahead of his trial for rape and sexual assault.
The trial is due to take place in three months’ time.
The 27-year-old, who is being held on remand at HMP Altcourse in Liverpool, was denied bail by a judge at Chester Crown Court.
Mendy has been in custody for about seven weeks after being charged in August 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.
This was the third bail application Mendy had made. He is yet to enter pleas to the four counts of rape and one of sexual assault.
Mendy, who has since been suspended by City, was not present in person at Chester Crown Court today.
The press were barred from the 50-minute hearing, but the result of the application was passed on after the hearing by a court official.
Man City’s Benjamin Mendy refused bail, to be held in prison until next year