Chelsea striker, Sam Kerr and her Australia team-mates have broken their silence by releasing a strong statement after shocking allegations of sexual harrassment and bullying within Australia’s international women’s football team.
Lisa De Vanna, one of the country’s most decorated footballers who has 150 caps for her nation, revealed bombshell details inside the ‘toxic culture’ of the Australia women’s national soccer team last week, claiming she’d been sexually harrassed and humiliated by other players.
‘Have I been sexually harassed? Yes. Have I been bullied? Yes. Ostracised? Yes. Have I seen things that have made me uncomfortable? Yes,’ De Vanna told News Corp.
The current playing group responded on Monday afternoon, with each senior member issuing a comment on De Vanna’s revelations. They acknowledge there was improvement needed within the team’s culture.
‘I have been a part of this team for 12 amazing years, from 15 years old to now. Throughout my career the Matildas have been a safe haven for me and allowed me to grow into the player and person I am today. I count myself lucky to be a part of this amazing group of athletes and people.’ – Sam Kerr, Matildas captain