Manchester City footballer Benjamin Mendy will remain in custody ahead of a potential trial on rape charges after a bail application was refused.
The 27-year-old has been in custody at HMP Altcourse in Merseyside since last Friday, when he appeared at Chester Magistrates’ Court charged with four counts of rape and one sexual assault.
On Wednesday, another bail application was made at Chester Crown Court in a hearing held behind closed doors, which lasted about 50 minutes.
Mendy, who also plays for the French national team, did not attend court.
Honorary Recorder of Chester Judge Steven Everett refused the application, a court spokesman said.
Mendy is charged with attacks on three different women, including one under 18, at his home on Withinlee Road in Prestbury, Cheshire.