Sam Kerr faces court accused of harassing police officer as injured Matildas captain enters plea

Matildas captain Sam Kerr is to face trial in England accused of the racially aggravated harassment of a police officer during an incident more than 12 months ago.

The West Australian appeared in court in the British capital on Monday accused of using insulting, threatening or abusive words that caused alarm or distress to PC Lovell in Twickenham on January 30, 2023.

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Kerr, 30, who appeared at Kingston Crown Court via videolink, spoke only to confirm her identity and to enter a not guilty plea to the charge.

The Metropolitan Police said the alleged incident followed an argument over a taxi fare.

“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, Grace Forbes, in court.

Kerr is expected to go to trial in February next year with two police officers scheduled to give evidence.

The trial is due to last four days.

Sam Kerr ordered to face criminal trial after allegedly harassing a police officer. Credit: Getty

“Samantha Kerr, 30 (10.09.93) of Richmond was charged via postal charge requisition on 21 January (2024) with a racially aggravated offence under Section 4A Public Order Act 1986,” the Met Police said.

“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.”

Kerr is one of Australia’s best known and most recognisable figures, especially after the Matildas’ run to the semi-finals of the FIFA Women’s World Cup last year.

“Football Australia is aware of the legal proceedings involving Sam Kerr in the United Kingdom,” an FA statement read.

“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.”

Kerr carried the Australian flag at the coronation of King Charles in Westminster Abbey.

She plays for reigning champions Chelsea in the Women’s Super League but is currently sidelined following an ACL injury suffered in January this year.

The 30-year-old will miss the Matildas’ Olympic campaign as a result.

Kerr has continued to play a part behind the scenes, however.

Chelsea star Sam Kerr is on the sidelines following an ACL injury. Credit: Getty

Stand-in captain Steph Catley said she continues to lean on Kerr, who is “very much involved” in decision-making around the team.

“She’s an incredible leader and someone that’s very, very important to this team,” Catley said recently.

“I did ask her right at the beginning if she ever feels like it’s too much and she’s got obviously so much to deal with, and so much to focus on with the her injury and getting back (and) she doesn’t want to be involved at whatever point, she’s more than welcome to step away.

“But she cares about this team so much. So she’s definitely very much on top of everything and I’m still leaning on her for a lot of things.”

Kerr last week won her third WA Sport Star Award to place her alongside the all-time great of WA sport.

She is now the fifth person to win the award at least three times, joining Margaret Court, cricket legends Dennis Lillee and Rod Marsh, and hockey immortal Ric Charlesworth.

“It’s just a sensational effort for her … It’s sensational company,” father Roger Kerr said.

– with 7NEWS

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