French professional footballer Benjamin Mendy has been remanded in custody after appearing in court charged with rape and sexual assault.
The 27-year-old Manchester City defender is accused of four counts of rape and one count of sexual assault at his home in Cheshire, United Kingdom.
They relate to alleged attacks on three women, including one aged under 18, between October 2020 and August 2021.
Mr Mendy spoke only to confirm his name, address and date of birth while appearing before the magistrate.
Proceedings were relayed back to the French international via an interpreter.
He showed no emotion as he was taken from the court accompanied by two dock officers at the end of the hearing, which lasted about an hour.
District Judge Jack McGarva sent the case to Chester Crown Court where Mr Mendy is due to appear on September 10.
In a statement on Thursday, Manchester City said the club had suspended the player pending an investigation.