In­jury to Charl­ton de­fender forces match to be aban­doned

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The Women’s Cham­pi­onship match be­tween Charl­ton and Manch­ester United had to be aban­doned yes­ter­day after an in­jury to the home side’s Char­lotte Kerr.

The right-back was hurt dur­ing the build-up to United’s goal from Char­lie Devlin after 11 min­utes. It is un­der­stood that Kerr jumped to con­test a bounc­ing ball with two other play­ers and banged a rib in the col­li­sion.

The teams were sent back to the chang­ing rooms at

The Oak­wood in south-east Lon­don as both med­i­cal teams pro­vided Kerr with treat­ment and she was given oxy­gen while she still lay on the pitch. How­ever, it is un­der­stood there was a wait of 20 min­utes be­fore an am­bu­lance ar­rived to take Kerr to hos­pi­tal. The ref­eree made the de­ci­sion to aban­don the game 39 min­utes after halt­ing play. Charl­ton said in a state­ment: “To­day’s Charl­ton Ath­letic Women’s fix­ture against Manch­ester United Women was aban­doned after a col­li­sion left Char­lotte Kerr re­quir­ing se­ri­ous med­i­cal at­ten­tion. “Char­lotte Kerr was trans­ferred to a lo­cal hos­pi­tal by am­bu­lance and her con­di­tion has im­proved. The club will not know the full ex­tent of the in­jury un­til a full scan has been com­pleted.

“The club would like to send its sin­cere thanks to Manch­ester United and their staff for their as­sis­tance in treat­ing the in­jury.

“The club will pro­vide a fur­ther up­date on Char­lotte Kerr’s con­di­tion in due course.”

The in­jury sparked de­bate on so­cial me­dia over the stan­dards of med­i­cal fa­cil­i­ties at women’s foot­ball matches.

How­ever, the Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion said: “The FA Women’s Cham­pi­onship has thor­ough match-day med­i­cal re­quire­ments and we are cur­rently in com­mu­ni­ca­tion with both clubs to un­der­stand more about the in­ci­dent and will await the ref­eree’s re­port.”

It also wished Kerr a “full and speedy re­cov­ery.”

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