The footballer left prison to appear in court, in a 45-minute hearing. He attended Chester Crown Court along with the other defendant Louis Saha Matturie, 40. In court he only spoke to confirm his name and listened as Judge Everett communicated the provisional date of the trial.
The French international, world champion in Russia 2018, will have to remain in jail at least until next January, the date on which the trial will be held, while his lawyer, Christopher Stables, declared that his client denies the accusations, said BBC Sports.
Benjamin Mendy, 27, in his country played in Le Havre, Marseille (where he had Marcelo Bielsa as DT) and Monaco, between 2011 and 2017, totaling 139 matches and 28 goals, to later reach Manchester City where he adds 75 games and two goals.
In the French national team he played 10 games, one of them in Russia 2018, the goalless draw against Denmark in the group stage.
Mendy is in the Altcourse Correctional Facility, north of Liverpool, and the resources presented to secure his parole have been insufficient and the Frenchman’s family is completely devastated.
According to The Sun newspaper, Benjamin Mendy “He went into shock when he saw his cell and his new company “since he thought he would go to a VIP sector and not to the so-called VP, designed to keep prisoners vulnerable to aggression by other inmates protected.