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Chelsea striker Sam Kerr pleads not guilty to racially aggravated harassment

The Australia captain was charged with causing a police officer harassment, alarm or distress in Twickenham on January 30 last year.

Sam Kerr is due to face trial next February, according to reports
Sam Kerr Sam Kerr is due to face trial next February, according to reports (Steven Paston/PA)

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

The Australia captain 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.

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

Kerr is Australia’s all-time leading scorer with 69 goals
Australia v England – FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 – Semi Final – Stadium Australia Kerr is Australia’s all-time leading scorer with 69 goals (Zac Goodwin/PA)

She is due to face trial next February, according to reports.

Chelsea have been contacted for comment by the PA news agency.

Kerr is two months into a lengthy period on the sidelines after sustaining an anterior cruciate ligament injury during the Blues’ warm-weather training camp in Morocco.

The 30-year-old – Australia’s all-time leading scorer with 69 goals – joined Chelsea in 2020 and has helped the London club win the last four Women’s Super League titles as well as the FA Cup three times.