Matildas superstar Sam Kerr has revealed she didn’t speak to her brother, former AFL player Daniel, for two years.
As Daniel became embroiled in controversy during the twilight of his AFL career, including spending five days in prison after he retired, the younger Kerr cut off contact - which ultimately proved to be the catalyst for her elder brother to get his life back on track.
In an interview on Fox Footy program Bob, Kerr said she and Daniel were ‘super close’ - even more so than with their parents.
“Well Daniel would tell you himself, I didn’t speak to him for two years,” Kerr said.
“And all our family’s close but me and Daniel are super-close.
“I didn’t speak to him for two years and he always says, 'The thing that brought me back onto the road was that everyone spoke to me except you.'
“And I just needed that reassurance that things were going to go back to normal, and that’s what hurt me the most is that when you do things that affect yourself, it also affects other people.
"I had to watch Mum and Dad be stressed out about their 30-year-old son, which isn’t normal and it affected me.
“I'm pretty I guess tough in the sense that I don’t let things bother me, but seeing my parents have to deal with It was probably the hardest thing.
“That (the public nature of Daniel’s issues) sucked. But at the end of the day you don’t care about what media’s saying when there is a serious issue in your family.”
The former AFL player has since gotten back on the rails, and provided a light-hearted moment for Matildas fans back home after he was filmed skolling a beer while wearing a shirt which read ‘suck on that’.
The shirt referenced his sister’s iconic post-game interview after the Matildas’ stunning comeback win over Brazil last week.
Outrage over 'farcical' scenes at World Cup
Controversy has erupted at the Women’s World Cup, with VAR rearing its ugly head again.
France preserved their perfect record to top Group A with a 1-0 win against 10-woman Nigeria on Monday.
But the win came thanks to Wendie Renard's 79th minute penalty awarded after a controversial VAR review.
Renard's first attempt hit the outside of the post but the kick had to be retaken because Chiamaka Nnadozie had moved off her line -- a situation that also happened in France's previous game against Norway -- and the centre back coolly converted.
The Nigerians were absolutely fuming, remonstrating with the official.
Fans, pundits and former players had plenty to say about the questionable use of VAR.
"To award the penalty again, I thought was a bad decision,” Socceroos great Mark Schwarzer said on Optus Sport.
"I think the VAR in general has been a success... but it lets itself down when they make decisions like this, which are quite controversial."