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Samantha Kerr and her Matildas teammates break their silence over bombshell soccer allegations

‘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 

‘The Matildas have always been a second family to me. I have spent more time with these players and these staff members than I have with my own family at times, and I have always felt at home and safe. I am proud to be part of this family and will always support and care for the people within it.’ – Steph Catley, Matildas vice-captain 

‘From the moment I stepped into the Matildas environment as a 16-year-old, this has been my safe place and the professional environment has helped me to grow into the player and person I am today. I stand with my teammates / second family in full support of this collective statement.’ – Caitlin Foord 

‘I am in full support the collective team statement. For 11 years I have been incredibly lucky to be part of such an amazing team, be surround by incredible athletes and even better people. The Matildas have always been more than just a team, they have been my safe space and my second family. In those 11 years, this group has helped me grow and find myself as a footballer and as a person. I am grateful to them for being a part of my journey and shaping who I am today.’ – Emily van Egmond 

‘I am in full support of this collective statement together with my teammates. The Matildas have been my second family and safe place for over a decade, and we, as a full inclusive team, will always stand for and with each other.’ – Mackenzie Arnold

‘I support the collective team statement. The current Matildas environment is one that allows individual players to strive for their personal best within the team setting.’ – Ellie Carpenter  

‘I play my best football when I’m in an environment that’s professional, fun and supportive. This team gives me all of that.’ – Mary Fowler

‘Being a part of the Matildas family is something I take immense pride in. I fully support our collective statement and stand by the strong, inclusive, safe and professional environment that I have experienced for the best part of a decade.’ – Alanna Kennedy

‘The Matildas are a large part of my identity. I have dedicated a lot of my time to help grow the culture and professionalism of this team and it’s been a fantastic journey that we are all proud of.’ – Elise Kellond-Knight 

‘Since joining this team at the beginning of 2019, I have felt welcomed, valued and only experienced the utmost professional environment both on and off the field.’ – Teagan Micah

‘Being part of the Matildas has been the greatest honour and I couldn’t be prouder to be a part of this team.’ – Clare Polkinghorne

‘Throughout my involvement with the Matildas, I have found great comfort in the professional and safe working environment within this group. The Matildas are like my family, they have played a big part in shaping who I am, and I am so proud to be a part of this special team’ – Hayley Raso

‘For me, coming in at a young age during a major tournament, I have experienced nothing but acceptance and welcome and can honestly say the environment is one of the best I have been a part of.’ – Kary Roestbakken 

‘As a current and long-standing Matilda, I am in full support of the collective statement from the team and the professionalism which we have built over the years. I am proud of every moment that I get to stand with and for my teammates in the green and gold.’ – Lydia Williams

‘As an individual and as a current Matilda I am in full support of the collective statement made by the teammates I stand side-by-side with wearing the green and gold jersey.’ – Tameka Yallop