Sam Kerr booked for intruders on the shoulder


Chelsea Women star Sam Kerr received a warning for throwing an intruder to the ground during her team’s goalless draw against Juventus in the Champions League on Wednesday night.

The incident occurred towards the end of the match and the Australian received cheers from the Kingsmeadow audience for her actions.

The intruder entered the playing field and filmed himself jogging around the lawn. After being told to leave by Chelsea captain Magdalena Eriksson, he was eventually run over by Kerr.

While the crowd – and probably the players – were appreciative, referee Sara Persson was less impressed, and the Blues forward received a yellow card for their actions.

After the match, Chelsea’s manager Emma Hayes did not see the fun side either, emphasizing that the incident proved that security needed to be tightened up in the future.

“We have seen in the development of the game that there is such a feeling that the players are more in demand,” said Hayes.

“So I think it should serve as a reminder to all of us and the arenas and managers that we need to put player protection first.”

The incident ended a frustrating night for Hayes’ accusations. A victory would have secured advancement to the quarterfinals. Now they need at least a draw against a strong Wolfsburg team on the last match day to move on.

Despite the blow, Chelsea have had a stable season so far. They are currently behind WSL leader Arsenal by just one point, having won seven games on the spin after their shock loss to the Gunners on opening day.

The Blues also got one over their London rivals in the delayed FA Cup final for women 2020/21 recently, which facilitated a 3-0 victory with Kerr who made a wonderful strike to seal the victory.

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