Lauren James stepped on and stomped Nigeria’s Michelle Alozie in their World Cup match. (Photo by Elsa – FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
“England will be without forward Lauren James for the next two matches because of her actions against Nigeria in the Round of 16 match this week, FIFA announced Thursday. She won’t be eligible to return unless England makes the World Cup final or third-place game
James, 21, stood on and stomped Nigerian defender Michelle Alozie in the 87th minute of the game and was sent off with the red card. That action (a red card) already came with a one-game suspension, but FIFA decided a harsher punishment would be required.
This means that if England beats Colombia on Saturday (6:30 a.m. ET, Fox), James still wouldn’t be eligible to play for England unless the Lionesses advance to the World Cup final or third-place game.” – Tyler Greenawalt ·Yahoo Staff writer