FILE - In this Saturday, April 3, 2021 file photo, Manchester City's Benjamin Mendy looks on during their English Premier League soccer match against Leicester City at the King Power Stadium in Leicester, England. Police say Manchester City left back Benjamin Mendy has on Thursday, Aug, 26 been charged with four counts of rape and one count of sexual assault. The 27-year-old Mendy was suspended by City pending an investigation. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira, file)

Mendy appears in court to face sexual assault charges

MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Manchester City left back Benjamin Mendy appeared in court Friday to face charges of rape and sexual assault.

Mendy spoke only to confirm his name, address and date of birth at Chester Magistrates’ Court in northwest England. No pleas were entered as the charges were put to the 27-year-old France international via an interpreter.

Mendy has been accused of three counts of rape in October 2020, the sexual assault of a woman in January 2021, and the rape of a woman this month. He was also charged Thursday with breaking his bail conditions in August.

The charges relate to three alleged complainants, one of whom is under 18.

Mendy has been suspended by City pending an investigation.

He joined City from Monaco in 2017 and has won the Premier League three times and the English League Cup twice.

He played against Tottenham on the opening weekend of the Premier League season but didn’t play against Norwich on Saturday.

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