Sam Kerr to face the music from Matildas officials over 13-month police secret after UK court appearance

Football Australia chief executive James Johnson has confirmed the governing body was blindsided by the news that Sam Kerr had faced court in the UK.

The Matildas captain was charged six weeks ago with racially harassing a police officer in a January 2023 incident that followed a complaint about a taxi fare.

Kerr has pleaded not guilty ahead of a trial in February 2025, with FA still in the first stages of seeking out her side of the story after never having previously learned about the incident, charge or court date.

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“I woke up this morning like everyone else did to the news and that’s when Football Australia found out about this unsettling event,” Johnson said.

“We’re trying to get to the bottom of it at the moment. We’ve got our own questions that we’d like to know, we’ve got to find out what happened.

“There’s a process underway in the UK and this process needs to run its course … of course it’s a very serious allegation. There’s no place for racism in our sport. At the same time Sam has rights.”

Kerr’s court appearance took place hours before FA confirmed Matildas friendly matches against China in Adelaide and Sydney in late May and early June prior to the team’s Paris Olympics campaign.

Johnson wore a Matildas scarf for the announcement on Tuesday but removed it prior to answering questions about Kerr.

Matildas captain Sam Kerr. Credit: Getty

Johnson has so far only spoken to Kerr over a quick text message to check in on her wellbeing.

Kerrr will not play in the matches or at the Olympics as she continues to recover from an ACL injury suffered in January this year.

Johnson declined to address whether the 30-year-old striker would captain the team if she returns prior to next year’s court case.

“We need to establish our own facts,” he said.

“This is news to us, and it’s concerning because of the subject and we need to get our heads around it.”

Kerr had scored a hat-trick for Chelsea in a 3-2 win over Liverpool in the FA Women’s Cup the day before the incident in January 2023.

English giants Chelsea are yet to comment on their injured striker’s situation.

Sam Kerr is sidelined due to an ACL injury suffered during a Chelsea training camp in January. Credit: Getty

The Metropolitan Police charged Kerr with using insulting, threatening or abusive words that caused alarm or distress to PC Lovell during an incident in Twickenham.

Harassment convictions in the UK can include a sentence of up to two years in custody when the offence is racially or religiously aggravated.

Kerr appeared at Kingston Crown Court via video-link and spoke only to confirm her identity and to enter her plea of not guilty.

In court, Judge Judith Elaine Coello was reported to have said to Kerr’s barrister Grace Forbes: “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.”

– with AAP

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