Benjamin Mendy remains in custody after court hearing on Wednesday

A court hearing was held on Wednesday and the footballer will remain in custody until his next court date.

Benjamin Mendy. Credit: Getty.
Benjamin Mendy. Credit: Getty.
Benjamin Mendy. Credit: Getty.

Manchester City’s Benjamin Mendy will remain in custody ahead of a potential trial on rape charges after a bail application was refused.

The 27-year-old has been in custody at HMP Altcourse in Merseyside since last Friday, when he appeared at Chester Magistrates’ Court charged with four counts of rape and one sexual assault.

On Wednesday, another bail application was made at Chester Crown Court in a hearing held behind closed doors, which lasted about 50 minutes.

The France international did not attend court.

Honorary Recorder of Chester Judge Steven Everett refused the application, a court spokesman said.

Mendy is charged with attacks on three different women, including one under 18.

The player, who has been suspended by the club pending investigation, is due to appear at Chester Crown Court on September 10.

A second man, aged 40, was arrested on suspicion of rape as part of the police investigation into the allegations but was released on bail, Cheshire Constabulary said.