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Sam Kerr to stand trial over alleged racial harassment of police officer

Chelsea and Australia football star Sam Kerr is set to face trial in the UK over allegations of racially aggravated harassment towards a police officer. The incident, which has sent shockwaves through the sporting world, reportedly took place on January 30 in Twickenham.

According to reports, Kerr has been charged with using insulting, threatening, or abusive words that caused alarm or distress to a police officer, with the allegations specifically pointing towards racial harassment.

The Metropolitan Police confirmed the charges on the star striker, confirming they relate to an incident involving a police officer.

“Samantha Kerr, 30 (10.09.93) of Richmond was charged via postal charge requisition on 21 January with a racially aggravated offence under Section 4A Public Order Act 1986. The charge relates to an incident involving a police officer who was responding to a complaint involving a taxi fare on 30 January 2023 in Twickenham,” the Metropolitan Police said in a statement.

The Chelsea striker has pleaded not guilty to the charges, thereby necessitating a criminal trial in the UK to ascertain the veracity of the allegations.

“I understand that the defence is that she didn’t intend to cause alarm, harassment or distress to the officer, [her behaviour] did not amount to it and it was not racially aggravated,” Judge Judith Elaine Coello was reported to have said to Kerr’s barrister in court.

In a statement, Football Australia (FA) said they’re focused on supporting Kerr and will continue to monitor the situation.

“Football Australia is aware of the legal proceedings involving Sam Kerr in the United Kingdom. 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 FA in a statement.

Kerr is the all-time leading goal-scorer for Australia, netting 69 goals in 128 appearances. She has scored 58 goals for Chelsea in the WSL since joining the club in 2020 following prolific stints in the USA and Australia.

However, the star-striker has been sidelined since January after suffering an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury during training with Chelsea.

Published By:

Rounaq Sehrawat

Published On:

Mar 5, 2024

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