Chelsea’s Sam Kerr levels pitch invader

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Play silly games, win silly prizes.
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The worst yellow card in football history was issued to Sam Kerr on Wednesday at the end of the second half of Chelsea Women’s match against Juventus in the UEFA Champions League. If anything, Kerr deserves a raise for doing the security work as well.

In the 88th minute of a goalless game, a man walked out of the stands at Kingsmeadow and went to take a selfie with Chelsea defender Magdalena Eriksson. The man then prowled for some, undisturbed by any sort of stadium official or police, until Kerr decided it was enough and knocked him down with a running shoulder.

To do this, referee Sara Persson showed Kerr the yellow. Why? This man fucked up and, thanks to Kerr, he found out.

There’s a fine line here, because an athlete who physically contacts a fan on a pitch or field, regardless of how right he is (extremely right), risks legal trouble if he really messes up someone. That’s wrong, but you know that if Kerr punched this idiot in the face and broke his nose, he could very well try to take her to court. Truly, Kerr played perfectly, taking the boy out and doing more than anyone else who was actually tasked with doing it to protect herself and her teammates.

Seriously, where the fuck was the security while this dingbat roamed the camp not caring about the world until Kerr took care of business? Monica Seles was stabbed in 1993, just months before Kerr was born, and somehow is a professional sports team the size of Chelsea unprepared for this coincidence? What if this guy had been looking for more than one selfie? And do you think that if someone had tried it during a Chelsea men’s game at Stamford Bridge, things would have been different?

It was Kerr who took the yellow card, but Chelsea and UEFA must be booked for that.


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