Lauren James (21, Chelsea Women), ‘the divine of English women’s football’, apologized for the mistake of stepping on the back of a Nigerian player.
On the 7th (Korean time), in the second half of the FIFA 2023 Australia-New Zealand Women’s World Cup Round of 16 match against Nigeria 먹튀검증, James committed an immoral act by stepping on the back of his opponent, Michelle Allogier, who fell to the ground in a 0-0 situation. . At first, I accepted a yellow card, but the VAR was activated and the color of the card changed to red. Despite being outnumbered, England steadfastly endured extra time and dramatically advanced to the quarter-finals with a 4-2 victory in the penalty shootout.
James, who took over the number 10 uniform that Ji So-yeon had worn for 8 seasons after leaving Chelsea Women last year, was recognized by others as the most outstanding striker in England in this tournament. In the second match of the group stage, they led the team to a 1-0 victory with the winning goal, and in the third match against China, they made a big success with 2 goals and 3 assists, leading the team to a 6-1 victory. In the game against Nigeria, she committed a violent foul, stepping on the opponent’s back in a hurry.
There is a high possibility that he will be banned from participating in the next three games as a penalty for sending off for violent behavior. In this case, not only the quarterfinals against Colombia, which will be held at 7:30 pm on the 12th, but also the semifinals and finals if England goes to the finals. It is a painful power loss for England.
The heartwarming scene of reconciliation after the disgraceful exit incident and England’s quarterfinals confirmation was witnessed through social media. Nigerian Arloji reached out to James on the 8th and tweeted: “It was a match of great passion, inescapable emotions and moments. Respect to Lauren James,’ she wrote. James also passed her message to Allo Gee. ‘She gives all her love and respect to Arlozi,’ she said. She made it clear that she sincerely apologizes for what happened yesterday. ‘To the English fans and to my team-mates it is my greatest honor to play with you and for you. I promise to learn from this experience,’ he added.
The England national team also released a statement from her and said, ‘Lauren is very sorry and regrets her actions that led to her red card. This was totally out of character for her Lauren. We will support Lauren until the end and act as her Lauren spokesperson. We fully respect FIFA’s disciplinary decision and will not comment further until a decision is made.’
England national team coach Sarina Bigman also said, “I feel like I lost my emotions for a moment. She doesn’t want to hurt anyone. She’s the sweetest person I know.” “She will learn a great lesson from this experience, but she never did it on purpose.”
“Being human, this often happens. Playing intense games, emotional games and losing your emotions. She apologized and said she was really upset. She said she didn’t want to hurt anyone.”