28 Jun 2022 | 08:23 | Football
Manchester City defender Benjamin Mendy has been charged with further rape in what could be reported for the first time.
The latest charges related to a new complainant refer to the 27-year-old man being charged with eight counts of rape, one count of sexual assault and one count of attempted rape involving seven young women.
Mendy last month pleaded not guilty to all but the latest charge, which has not been brought before him and which he has yet to plead.
An order barring the media from publishing the latest allegations until a hearing at Chester Crown Court on Wednesday was rescinded by Chester’s record-keeper, Justice Steven Everett.
All the offences allegedly took place at his home address and spanned from October 2018 to August last year.
He will face a jury trial on July 25 with his co-defendant Louis Saha Matturie, 40, who has also pleaded not guilty to all charges he faces.
Matturie, of Eccles, Salford, denies eight counts of rape and four counts of sexual assault involving eight young women.
His alleged crimes spanned from July 2012 to August last year.
No women involved could be identified and reporting restrictions applied prior to the trial.
Mendy has been with Manchester City since 2017, when he joined from Monaco for £52m.
He was suspended by the club after being charged by the police.
Both defendants were released on bail.