Manchester City footballer Benjamin Mendy on Monday pleaded not guilty to nine charges of sexual offences against six women.
The 27-year-old French defender denied seven counts of rape, one count of sexual assault, and one count of attempted rape.
Mendy stood in the dock at Chester Crown Court and repeated ‘not guilty’ as the charges were put to him to enter pleas for the first time.
The player will stand trial from July 25 along with his co-defendant Louis Saha Matturie who faces similar allegations and was also present at the court.
Matturie is accused of 10 offences involving seven women, including seven counts of rape relating to five women and three of sexual assault.
All the offences are alleged to have taken place at Mendy’s home address and span between October 2018 and August last year. Both men were arrested on August 26 last year. None of the women can be legally identified.
Mendy entered his pleas during a hearing today ahead of his trial, scheduled to begin in July. After this, the hearing went into private session with press excluded.