Wednesday, September 6, 2023

How long is Lauren James suspended for? England star sent off against Nigeria but could return to help Lionesses secure World Cup glory

Lauren James’ World Cup is not yet over after she was sent off in England’s last 16 penalty win over Nigeria.

The Lionesses forward has starred at the tournament down under but a moment of madness saw her shown a straight red card.

James was sent off during England’s penalty win over Nigeria

Michelle Alozie had gone down after a clash with James, with the Nigeria star sprawled out on the floor.

But as James got up from their coming together, the 21-year-old planted her studs onto her opponent’s back.

The Chelsea star was originally given a yellow card, but after being called to the monitor by VAR, the referee changed her mind.

James has played a key role for the Lionesses so far, meaning there are now concerns over whether she will miss the rest of the tournament.

How long is Lauren James suspended for?

FIFA have banned James for for two matches.

After receiving a straight red card, James was always going to miss England’s World Cup quarter-final against Colombia.

But FIFA made the decision to double the forward’s automatic one-game suspension so that she would miss a potential semi-final as well.

The confirmation of the ban means that James will only feature again at the World Cup should England make it to the final.

James was caught out for stamping on her opponentGETTY

Speaking about the sending off post-match, Wiegman told talkSPORT: “She’s young. This is just a split second and she doesn’t want to harm anyone.

“It’s later on in the game, so you get a little bit tired too. It’s such an intense and emotional game that in a split second where you just don’t control your emotions then things happen.

“Of course, she didn’t want to do that, but before she’d even realised it had happened. Very unfortunate. She will absolutely learn from it.”

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