Lionesses star Lauren James is banned for TWO games but could return for Women’s World Cup final after red card for stamp on Michelle Alozie in England’s win over Nigeria
- Lauren James had been the shining light of England’s World Cup campaign
- FIFA have decided to extend her ban to two games for nature of her offence
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LAUREN JAMES’ World Cup dream is still alive after the forward was given a two-game ban for stepping on Nigeria’s Michelle Alozie.
There were fears England’s top scorer would miss the rest of the tournament after being sent of in the last 16 tie.
But FIFA’s disciplinary committee ruled that James’ actions were deemed as ‘serious foul play’, rather than violent conduct, which results in a two-game ban.
Violent conduct offences are an automatic three-game suspension.
It means James, who has scored three goals in four games, would be eligible to play in the final or third/ fourth place play-off if England reach that stage of the tournament.
Lauren James was sent off for stamping on Nigeria’s Michelle Alozie in the last 16
Her one game ban has been extended but she could return if England get to the final
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An official FIFA statement read: ‘The FIFA Disciplinary Committee has imposed a two-match suspension on England’s player Lauren James following a violation of article 14 of the FIFA Disciplinary Code at the FIFA Women’s World Cup match England vs Nigeria.
‘The suspension will be served for the FIFA Women’s World Cup™️ quarter-final and the next international fixture following that.’
James issued an apology via the FA for her actions, which resulted in her sending off in the 87th minute of England’s win over Nigeria.
‘Lauren is really sorry for her actions which led to the red card and is full of remorse,’ the FA said. ‘It is wholly out of character for her.
‘We will be supporting Lauren throughout and will be putting forward representation on her behalf. We fully respect FIFA’s disciplinary process and will not be making any further comment until after any decision has been made.’
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