Australian football star Sam Kerr is having trouble with the justice system in her adopted home of the UK. The attacker has been charged with a “serious racist offence” against a police officer, London police said on Monday evening.

The Australian Football Association previously confirmed an investigation by British authorities into Kerr, but did not provide further details.

The incident reportedly occurred in late January, London police also said. Accordingly, the altercation between Kerr and the police officer arose over the officer’s response to her complaint about an allegedly overcharged taxi fare.

Kerr pleads not guilty

Kerr denies the accusations. She attended the hearing only via video link and pleaded not guilty. The trial will last four days and two police officers are expected to testify as witnesses. The trial is expected in February 2025.

At Chelsea, Kerr is teammates with German players Melanie Leupolz, Sjoke Nysken and Ann-Katrin Berger. Since the beginning of the second half of January, the 30-year-old captain of the Australian national team, who is one of the highest paid and famous players in the world, has been unable to play due to a cruciate ligament injury. Kerr is expected to miss several more weeks. (sid/dpa/ska)

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