Revealed: What Sam Kerr allegedly called police officer

Emma Hayes says Kerr has club's full support

Source: Sky News WSL

Soccer superstar Sam Kerr allegedly called a London police officer a “stupid white bastard”, according to a report in The Sun.

The Matildas captain and Chelsea striker allegedly hurled the slur after police were called to a dispute over a taxi fare last year.

The Sun reports that Kerr, 30, is said to have been sick in the cab after a night out with friends in Twickenham, in south-west London, in January 2023.

They had been out celebrating Chelsea’s victory against Liverpool where the talented striker had scored three goals.

When police arrived to deal with the taxi dispute, Kerr allegedly verbally abused the officer, with the interaction captured on body cam.

Kerr was charged a year later, this January, with racially aggravated harassment, causing alarm or distress to a police officer.

She appeared in Kingston Crown Court on Monday (local time) via video link and pleaded not guilty.

A hearing is scheduled for April 26, when Kerr’s defence is expected to push for the case to be dismissed before a four-day trial in February next year.

Judge Judith Elaine Coello said she understood Kerr’s defence would be that she did not intend to cause alarm, harassment or distress to the police officer and that her behaviour was not racially motivated, writes The Sun.

Meanwhile, Kerr has been told she has the “full support” of English champion Chelsea as her club manager Emma Hayes talked of the “difficult time” the Australian soccer great faces.

“She knows that,” said Hayes, breaking her silence on the issue.

“It’s a difficult time for her. Of course, I can’t comment [about the case]. What I can say is that I know she’s pleaded not guilty, and I don’t want to do anything to jeopardise anything for Sam by speaking about it.

“For that reason, I’m sure you can appreciate that’s all I’m going to say on the matter.

“But she has our full support and she knows that, and it’s really important I get that across. That’s something I really, really value.

“There’s difficult moments, tough times and that’s what my role is in this football club, it’s to make sure I look after our people, and I just want to be clear that Sam will be fully supported by me and everybody else at Chelsea.”

Kerr is recovering amid a lengthy spell on the sidelines after sustaining an anterior cruciate ligament injury during Chelsea’s warm-weather training camp in Morocco.

Kerr, Australia’s leading all-time scorer, has scored 99 goals in 128 matches for the London side, winning the league four times, the FA Cup three times and the League Cup twice.

-with AAP

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