As he awaits his rape trial, footballer Benjamin Mendy has been released on bail.

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As he awaits his rape trial, footballer Benjamin Mendy has been released on bail.

Benjamin Mendy, a football player, was released from jail last night after being granted bail on a slew of serious sex charges.

The Manchester City and France midfielder was told to stay at his home in Prestbury, Cheshire, surrender his passport, and follow other “strict” instructions.

Judge Patrick Thompson at Chester Crown Court asked Mendy if he understood and he replied, “OK.”

The 27-year-old lawyer faces seven counts of rape against four women and one count of sexual assault against a fifth.

He was released yesterday after being held in custody for 134 days following his arrest and charge on August 26 last year.

His previous three bail applications had all been denied.

Mendy would be granted bail because his trial, which was scheduled to begin on January 24, had been postponed until “at the earliest” June, according to Judge Thompson.

“Effectively, you completely ignored your conditions and you continued to live your life,” Judge Thompson told Mendy after his arrest.

“Given the length of time you’ve been in custody, now is the appropriate time to give you another chance to comply with a stringent bail package,” he added.

Louis Saha Matturie, 40, of Eccles, Greater Manchester, has been charged with six counts of rape and one count of sexual assault as a co-accused.

At a separate hearing next week, he will face charges of rape and sexual assault.

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