CHESTER: Manchester Metropolis and France worldwide footballer Benjamin Mendy will face trial in July for the alleged rape and assault of six ladies, a court docket heard Wednesday. The 27-year-old, who has been suspended by his membership, appeared within the dock at Chester Crown Court docket the place he confronted a brand new rely of tried rape. Mendy now faces 9 prices in all, together with seven counts of rape, involving six alleged victims. Choose Patrick Thompson set July 25 because the trial date for Mendy and his co-defendant, Louis Saha Matturie. A French interpreter sat between the 2 males, and Mendy spoke solely to verify his identification. The trial is anticipated to last as long as six weeks. Thompson scheduled one other pre-trial listening to for March 11. Each males got bail final month, after they’d been held in custody since their arrests in August. Mendy joined Manchester Metropolis from French membership Monaco in 2017. He has performed 75 occasions for Metropolis, however his taking part in time has been restricted by accidents and a lack of kind. The final of his 10 caps for France got here in November 2019, after the defender gained the World Cup in 2018.