Chelsea striker Samantha Kerr pleads not guilty to racially aggravated harassment of a police officer

Tuesday 5 March 2024

Chelsea striker Samantha Kerr has pleaded not guilty to racially aggravated harassment of a police officer, according to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).

The Australian football star, 30, was charged with causing a police officer harassment, alarm or distress during an incident in Twickenham, south-west London, on January 30 last year.

A Metropolitan Police spokesperson said the incident involved an officer who was responding to a complaint about a taxi fare.

"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 spokesperson said.

Sam Kerr of Chelsea shoots during the UEFA Women's Champions League group stage match between Chelsea FC Women and BK Hcken FF at Stamford Bridge

She was charged on 21 January "with a racially aggravated offence under Section 4A of the Public Order Act 1986", they added.

Kerr, of Richmond, denied the charge at a plea and trial preparation hearing at Kingston Upon Thames Crown Court on Monday.

Kerr is scheduled to appear at Wimbledon Magistrates Court on 1 February 2025.

Who is Samantha Kerr?

Kerr is widely considered one of the best female footballers in the world after achieving numerous accolades throughout her career.

Primarily known for her goal-scoring ability, Kerr has played for Chelsea FC Women in the English Women's Super League, for Perth Glory in the Australian W-League and various teams in the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) in the US.