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Benjamin Mendy has been remanded in custody after the Manchester City defender was charged with four counts of rape and one count of sexual assault.
Mendy was charged by Cheshire Constabulary on Thursday in connection with alleged attacks between October 2020 and August 2021.
The 27-year-old French international appeared in Chester Magistrates’ Court on Friday, speaking only to confirm his name, address and date of birth.
Mendy was remanded in custody and is due to arrive in Chester Crown Court on 10 September.
The left-back was suspended by City pending an investigation after being charged.
City said in a statement released on Thursday: “Manchester City can confirm that Benjamin Mendy has been suspended after being charged today by police pending an investigation.
“The case is subject to a legal process and therefore the club can not comment further until the process is completed.”