Matildas famous person Sam Kerr has joined Andrew Symonds within the Corridor of Fame in the case of coping with pitch invaders — and the Australian cricket nice couldn’t be prouder.
The Chelsea star went out of her way to shoulder a male pitch invader who interupted the match in opposition to Juventus in a single day, flooring him with some power in a second that’s now gone viral worldwide.
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Kerr copped a yellow card from the referee but the incident has earned her a place in Aussie in sporting folklore, with many drawing comparisons with Symonds infamously levelling a streaker at the Gabba in 2008.
Fox Cricket expert Symonds is strongly backing Kerr for taking matters into her own hands.
“We’re obviously bred pretty tough here in Australia and don’t take backwards steps,” Symonds said.
“In the heat of competition there’s a lot of adrenaline and when someone interrupts the match like that it can be frustrating.
“Sammy obviously took things into her own hands when security couldn’t catch the bloke, so good for her. She’s an icon and obviously knows how to handle herself. I’d like to buy her a beer and chat about it.”
Symonds revealed he still gets asked about the infamous 2008 incident regularly.
“It’s one of those ones that keeps coming up and people love to talk about. It’s something I’m known for now, people say – ‘that’s the fella who knocked over the streaker,” he said
“Pitch invaders might think streaking across the field is funny but ultimately it’s just a lack of respect for the athletes.
“Not sure how she copped a yellow card for the bump. I’d like to see what rule she broke to be honest.”
“My advice to her is just keep being herself. She seems passionate and is admired widely. If she wasn’t a cult figure already, she certainly will be now. Good for her!”