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Matildas Captain Sam Kerr Charged Over Alleged Racially Aggravated Harassment In London

Australian football star and Matildas captain, Sam Kerr, is set to face trial in February 2025.

She was allegedly being charged with racially aggravated harassment of a police officer in London early last year. 

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The incident allegedly occurred on January 30, 2023, in Twickenham, when Kerr was involved in an incident with a police officer responding to a complaint about a taxi fare.

A spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police confirmed that Kerr was given a court summons on January 21 and appeared in court in London on Monday. 

According to the British media reports, the 30-year-old athlete pleaded not guilty during the court appearance. 

Football Australia released a statement acknowledging the legal proceedings, stating, “As this is an ongoing legal matter, we are unable to provide further comment at this time”.

“Our focus remains on supporting all our players, both on and off the field. We will continue to monitor the situation and provide support as appropriate,” said in the statement.

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Kerr’s Australian-based manager, Niki White, refused to comment on the situation.

The Perth-born striker has had a glorious career, scoring 58 goals for Chelsea in the Women’s Super League since joining in 2020 and finding the back of the net 69 times in 128 games for the Matildas. 

She has won the Golden Boot award in three continents, including the W-League in Australia and New Zealand, the NWSL in North America, and the Women’s Super League in Europe.

The Western Australia State Football Centre was officially renamed the Sam Kerr Football Centre in October 2023 to honour her outstanding contributions and success in the football world. 

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