May 19, 2024
England FA To Appeal Lauren James’ Red Card In Match With Nigerian Falcons
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England FA To Appeal Lauren James’ Red Card In Match With Nigerian Falcons

The English Football Association is awaiting the length of Lauren James’ suspension from FIFA’s Disciplinary Committee following the forward’s red card against Nigeria.

James was sent off in the 87th minute for violent conduct after she stamping on Michelle Alozie’s back, who creatively dispossessed her.

In an outburst of frustration for being kept quiet and marked out throughout the game by Halimatu Ayinde, the 21-year-old stood on Alozie’s back after losing possession and was shown a red card following a review by the video assistant referee (VAR).

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The red card for the challenge puts a dampener on her impressive performance throughout the tournament with three goals and three assists as James will miss the quarter-finals and England’s leading scorer could face a longer suspension should FIFA’s disciplinary process deem it worthy.

FIFA has not put a time frame on when a decision will be made but could extend her automatic one-game ban – which could see her miss the rest of the tournament even if England reaches the final.

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