John Cofie, a former Manchester United wonderkid, appeared in court yesterday, January 23, accused of rape.
Cofie, 29, who became the youngest footballer to sign a £1 million contract when Sir Alex Ferguson recruited him for the youth team at the age of 14, is charged with raping a lady in Trafford, Greater Manchester, in 2019.
The Ghanaian-born player never played for United and was released in 2013. He retired two years ago and has since worked as a football mentor for children in Lancashire.
Cofie has since refuted the rape allegations. The trial continues in Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court.