Matildas captain called a police officer ‘a stupid white bastard’, according to newspaper reports

Court documents released on Tuesday showed Kerr’s legal team plans to argue an abuse of process by Crown prosecutors after it took almost 12 months for charges to be laid while they decided whether to charge her.

If Kerr’s bid is unsuccessful, she will appear at a trial at Kingston upon Thames Crown Court, south-west London, on February 3. It is expected to last between four and five days with two police officers giving evidence. Police body cam video is also likely to be presented to the court.

The alleged incident took place a short drive from Kingsmeadow, where Chelsea play the majority of their home matches.

The alleged incident took place a short drive from Kingsmeadow, where Chelsea play the majority of their home matches. Credit: Getty

Judge Judith Elaine Coello told the court on Monday that she understood Kerr’s defence would be that she didn’t intend to cause alarm, harassment or distress to the officer and that her behaviour did not amount to it, and it was not racially aggravated.

It has emerged that few knew of the incident involving the superstar striker, which followed Chelsea’s fourth-round FA Cup win over Liverpool – a match in which Kerr had scored three goals.

Football Australia, the nation’s body governing the women’s national team, held crisis talks with Kerr’s Australian-based agent Niki White on Wednesday, after chief executive James Johnson and Matildas coach Tony Gustavsson said they first learned about the allegations, which relate to an incident in January 2023.


Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said on Wednesday he would not comment on legal matters but said Kerr had displayed “exemplary” conduct in his personal interactions with her including her official role in King Charles’ coronation.

“I will say this about my contact with Sam Kerr, who was our flag bearer at the coronation, I think my contact with her was exemplary,” he said.

“She did Australia proud at that time.… My contact with her has been delightful.”

Arguably the world’s most famous female player, the 30-year-old striker is currently sidelined after sustaining an anterior cruciate ligament injury at the club’s warm-weather training camp in Morocco in January.

She has scored 99 goals in 128 matches since joining Chelsea in 2019, and is Australia’s record goalscorer with 64 goals in 125 games. During her time at Chelsea, Kerr has won four Women’s Super League titles, three FA Cups, two League Cups and the Community Shield. She has also been nominated for the Ballon d’Or Féminin – the top prize in women’s football – every year since its inception in 2018, placing second last year.

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