French footballer Benjamin Mendy has gone on trial within the UK on suspicion of ten prices of sexual violence.
The 28-year-old faces eight counts of rape, one in all tried rape and one in all sexual assault.
The allegations had been made by seven ladies and all relate to occasions that allegedly came about between October 2018 and August 2021 at Mendy’s residence in northwest England. He has denied all prices.
The previous World Cup winner was suspended by his membership Manchester Metropolis for one 12 months after he was first charged.
One other man, Louis Saha Matturie — no hyperlink to the footballer with the same identify — can be on trial for eight rapes and 4 sexual assaults on eight ladies between July 2012 and August 2021. He has additionally pleaded not responsible.
The trial at Chester Crown Court docket is predicted to final greater than three months.
Mendy performed 75 instances for the English facet since becoming a member of from AS Monaco in 2017, and likewise appeared 10 instances for his nation, together with on the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.