James was sent off for the stamp before England went on to win 4-2 on penalties against Nigeria.
Lauren James Offers Apology to Michelle Alozie After Unintentional Incident
Lauren James of England has expressed her apology to Michelle Alozie of Nigeria following an accidental incident during their World Cup round of 16 match. The incident resulted in James receiving a red card.
Despite James’ dismissal before the end of the game, England managed to secure a 4-2 victory on penalties and advance to the quarter-finals.
England’s Lauren James has extended her apologies to Michelle Alozie after an unintentional incident during the round of 16 match between Nigeria and The Lionesses on Monday.
In response to a tweet from Michelle Alozie, James stated, “I have utmost love and respect for you. I deeply regret what occurred. To our England supporters and my teammates, it is my greatest privilege to play with and for you, and I am committed to learning from this experience.”
At 21 years old, James joins the ranks of David Beckham, Wayne Rooney, and current Lionesses captain Millie Bright as the fourth England player to receive a red card in a World Cup knockout match.
Her tweet was in response to Alozie’s defense. The Nigerian athlete expressed, “Please, let’s move on. We are competing on the global stage. This game is about passion, intense emotions, and moments. I have the utmost respect for Lauren James.”
James faces an automatic one-match suspension, which could potentially be extended to three games by FIFA’s disciplinary committee.
England is set to face Colombia in the quarter-finals on Saturday in Sydney.