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Benjamin Mendy of Manchester City charged in court with two more charges of rape


Benjamin Mendy is facing six charges of rape and one of sexual assault.© AFP

Manchester City and France player Benjamin Mendy appeared in court on Wednesday on two additional charges of rape. The 27-year-old defender is facing six charges of rape and one of sexual assault, after the new charges were added Tuesday. The offenses were allegedly committed between October 2020 and August this year on four women over the age of 16 at his home in Prestbury, North West England. Mendy has appeared in Manchester via video link before magistrates from custody where he has been detained since he was charged in August.

The soccer player, who was seen wearing a cream-colored jersey, spoke during the five-minute trial only to confirm his name and date of birth.

A second man, Louis Saha Matturie (40), is facing six charges of rape and one of sexual assault and appeared with Mendy.

District Judge Margaret McCormack sent the case to Chester Crown Court, where both will appear on Thursday for a scheduled hearing.

No bail application was made and the two are in custody. A trial date has been set for January 24 next year.

Mendy signed a £ 52m ($ 70m) contract with Monaco in 2017 and has played 75 times for City, but his playing time has been limited by injuries and a loss of form.

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The last of his 10 matches for France came in November 2019.

The left-back won the World Cup with France in 2018. He was suspended by the Premier League champions pending the outcome of the criminal proceedings.

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