Sam Kerr’s legal battle pushed back after prosecution granted delay over evidence delay

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Sam Kerr’s legal battle has once again been put on ice after the prosecution was granted an extension in lodging documents outlining their case against the star.

The extension comes after the prosecution was reportedly unable to gather enough evidence, including CCTV footage, to cross examine the Matildas captain, according to News Corp.

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They were also yet to obtain written statements from the police officers involved in the incident which took place on January 30, 2023.

The Crown Prosecution Service originally requested CCTV footage and statements from police on February 19, before following up on March 18.

Despite their attempts, lawyers told Kingston Crown Court that “exhibits were not received by the CPS”.

The latest setback means the prosecution now has until April 23 to lodge its case documents, meaning the fight to clear her name drags on for the Aussie superstar.

Kerr’s legal team filed documents with Kingston Crown Court in early April which assert she did not intend to racially abuse a police officer on the alleged drunken night out.

Kerr has pleaded not guilty to intentionally causing racially aggravated harassment, alarm or distress to a male police officer in London.

The Matildas and Chelsea striker is reportedly set to argue her case that she never referred to a police officer as a “stupid white bastard”.

Kerr reportedly isn’t denying that she referred to the policeman as “white”, but will instead argue she said “stupid white cop”.

As Kerr’s legal fight continues, speculation surrounding her standing as the captain of the national side has remained in the spotlight.

Matildas keeper Mackenzie Arnold came to her teammate’s side following a blistering attack from former Australian cricketer Mitchell Johnson.

“Regardless of the outcome of Kerr’s charge in England, her captaincy deserves to be called into question after hiding it from Football Australia,” Johnson wrote in a column for The Nightly.

“More than just being looked up to by many young girls and boys, Kerr is the captain.

“Leaders need to lead from the front, and not telling the national body about her legal issues sends a terrible message, more so when you’re the captain.

“This would be a good time to show the young kids who look up to her, or any of our sports stars, that you must be accountable for your actions. What message does this send our kids otherwise?”

Arnold hit back and rubbished the suggestions that have been levelled.

“I don’t believe so (that there is conversations about whether or not to strip Kerr as Matildas captain),” she said.

“I haven’t really had that conversation. It’s just not really in the team environment right now.

“Honestly, we haven’t really spoken about it at all.

“Sam’s just really concentrating on her knee rehab back in London and she’s in high spirits and just pretty much carrying on with normal. We haven’t really conversed with the team and her at all.”