Benjamin Mendy had been denied bail for the third time and will remain in custody pending trial for rape and sexual assault.
The Manchester City defender has been accused of attacking three women at his Cheshire home between October 2020 and August 2021, and has been charged with four counts of rape and one of sexual assault.
Judge Patrick Thompson at Chester Crown Court refused Mendy‘s third bail application on Monday at a behind-closed-doors hearing which lasted 50 minutes.
No plea has been entered by the 27-year-old since the charge on August 26, and has been held on remand at HMP Altcourse in Liverpool for seven weeks with the trial date set for January 24, 2022.
Following the allegations Mendy was suspended by Manchester City pending an internal investigation.
Meanwhile Manchester City Football Club have removed all the merchandise of Benjamin Mendy from its online store. The French defender was accused of sexually assaulting four women in August 2021.
Manchester City has since suspended the player indefinitely after the Chester Police brought the attention of the club to the incident. The club released a statement confirming its decision for suspending the player on its website.
Manchester City can confirm that following his being charged by police today, Benjamin Mendy has been suspended an investigation.
The matter is subject to a legal process and the club therefore unable to make further comment until that process is complete.
Mendy has remained in detention since the beginning of the case. He will appear for another pre-trial hearing on January 24th, 2022.