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Australia Prime Minister defends Chelsea star Sam Kerr after racial abuse charge

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has defended Sam Kerr after she was charged with racially aggravated harassment.

Chelsea and Australia star Sam Kerr has been charged with racially aggravated harassment of a police officer. She entered a not-guilty plea when appearing via video link at Kingston upon Thames Crown Court on Monday.

She is charged with using insulting, threatening, or abusive words that allegedly caused alarm or distress to PC Lovell during an incident in Twickenham in London on 30 January last year.

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has defended Australia’s highest-profile sportswoman and labelled Kerr a “delight”.

He said on Wednesday: “I don’t comment on legal matters before Australian courts, let alone other ones. I will say this about my contact with Sam Kerr, she was our flag bearer at the coronation. My contact with her was exemplary. She did Australia proud at that time and I think that my contact with her has been nothing but delightful.”

Kerr’s legal team will attempt to have her criminal charge for racially aggravated harassment thrown out of court in an April hearing in London. Should Kerr’s legal team be unsuccessful in the April hearing, then a trial is expected to take place next February.

She is Australia’s all-time leading scorer in international football, with 69 goals from 128 games. Kerr is out of action after suffering an ACL injury in January.

Sam Barton
Sam Barton
Sam Barton fell in love with football during the 98 World Cup and has been fascinated by it ever since. The tactical side of the game is what truly inspires him to think, read and write about football, making him the ideal football writer.
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