Benjamin Mendy, the Manchester City footballer, will go on trial early next year accused of the rape of two women and the sexual assault of a third alleged victim.
Mr Mendy spoke only to confirm his name during a 45-minute hearing at Chester Crown Court, where a date of January 24 2022 was set for his trial, accused of four counts of rape and one of sexual assault.
The 27-year-old, wearing a cream jogging suit, sat back, arms folded, listening to proceedings translated to him via a French interpreter sat behind him in the dock.
The charges were not put to him and no pleas were entered during the hearing, which dealt largely with administrative matters ahead of the trial.
A further hearing will be held on November 15 and Eleanor Laws QC, defending Mendy, said there would be an application to dismiss the charges on that date.
Co-defendant Louis Saha Matturie, 40, accused of four counts of rape, appeared alongside him