Manchester City and France international footballer Benjamin Mendy will face trial in July for the alleged rape and assault of six women, a court heard on Wednesday.
The 27-year-old, who has been suspended by his club, appeared in the dock at Chester Crown Court where he faced a new count of attempted rape.
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Mendy now faces nine charges in all, including seven counts of rape, involving six alleged victims.
The trial is expected to last up to six weeks. Thompson scheduled another pre-trial hearing for 11 March.