Man City player Mendy charged with another count of rape

In this file photo dated Saturday, April 3, 2021, Manchester City's Benjamin Mendy during the English Premier League soccer match against Leicester City at the King Power Stadium in Leicester, England. Manchester City soccer player Benjamin Mendy was remanded in custody at Chester Magistrates' Court, Friday Aug. 27, 2021, accused of four counts of alleged rape and one count of sexual assault, on three different women.(AP Photo/Rui Vieira, FILE)

CHESTER, England (AP) — Manchester City player Benjamin Mendy has been charged with another count of rape.

The France World Cup winner is now accused of eight offenses against five different women, including seven counts of rape relating to four women.

He appeared at Chester Crown Court on Wednesday for a hearing ahead of his trial next year.

The earlier charges are three counts of rape alleged to have happened in October 2020, sexual touching this January, one count of rape in July and two counts of rape the following month.

The 27-year-old Mendy was suspended by City when he was charged in August.

Mendy has been refused bail and is being held in a prison in Liverpool. He joined City from Monaco in 2017 and has won the Premier League three times and the English League Cup twice.