SYDNEY — Lauren James has apologised for her actions resulting in the purple card in opposition to Nigeria in England’s spherical of 16 Girls’s World Cup conflict and has obtained the assist of the FA as they watch for FIFA’s choice on her suspension.
James was proven a purple card within the 87th minute of England’s spherical of 16 match in opposition to Nigeria after she was seen stamping on Michelle Alozie’s again. England ultimately acquired by way of the tough tie 4-2 on penalties however needed to handle further time with 10 gamers.
James is suspended for England’s quarterfinal in opposition to Colombia on Saturday, and FIFA could but prolong that ban by a most of two additional video games relying on how the disciplinary committee judges the severity of the offence.
The 21-year-old has since issued a public apology, posting to her Instagram account: “All my love and respect to [Michelle Alozie]. I’m sorry for what occurred.
“Additionally, for our England followers and my team-mates, taking part in with and for you is my biggest honour and I promise to study from my expertise.”
The FA later issued a press release on Tuesday, saying: “Lauren is absolutely sorry for her actions which led to the purple card and is stuffed with regret. It’s wholly out of character for her.
“We will probably be supporting Lauren all through and will probably be placing ahead illustration on her behalf. We totally respect FIFA’s disciplinary course of and won’t be making any additional remark till after any choice has been made.”
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FIFA’s choice could come after England’s quarterfinal conflict with Colombia.
James’ apology comes 24 hours after England’s nervy win over Nigeria. James, 21, was the star of their wins over Denmark and China within the pool levels, however the purple card will see her suspended for a minimum of the quarterfinal.
Talking after the match, England captain Millie Vibrant – who’s James’ teammate each with the Lionesses and Chelsea – mentioned the squad will come collectively round James.
“It is soccer. Hear, I’ve had purple playing cards. Everybody goes by way of it as a participant, everybody goes by way of it on the world stage,” Vibrant mentioned. “However for me, it is not a scenario that wants an excessive amount of gentle shining on it.
“It is occurred. It is prior to now. We’re by way of. All that issues is we come collectively as a gaggle, we now have every others’ backs, and it’s simply one other problem in soccer that the participant has to face. However we now have acquired her again utterly and we are going to prepare for the subsequent sport.”
Vibrant added: “I believe it’s actually vital that we glance after one another. I’ve been by way of that. I do know precisely how that feels. I believe it will be significant that she has her area and lets her feelings settle. Nevertheless it’s completed now, we transfer on. We’re by way of.”
Lucy Bronze has taken James underneath her wing since she grew to become a part of the Lionesses’ setup and the Barcelona star went to go to James instantly after the penalties had completed to verify how she was.
“She’s a massively proficient participant; everyone knows that and clearly we’re very upset to lose a participant of her calibre going into the subsequent sport,” Bronze mentioned. “Nobody’s going to be extra upset than LJ. It is vital to assist her.
“Though LJ is the youngest within the crew, she’s needed to mature from a younger age as a result of she’s been thrown into the highlight, whether or not that is to do along with her brother [Chelsea and England player Reece James] and her household or that she’s a implausible participant on her personal.
“Within the final sport, everybody put the highlight on her; she offers with it very, very effectively. She likes hanging round with the older gamers, myself, Jordan [Nobbs], Alex Greenwood, we’re the three she involves asking for recommendation.
“Clearly she’s going to be upset in herself. I went straight off the pitch after the sport to verify she was OK. Clearly she was a bit of bit upset and rightfully so and greater than something she simply feels dangerous for the crew. I mentioned to her: we have made it by way of, it is a crew, it is not only one participant.”
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