'I am sorry,' Lauren James apologises for stamp on Nigerian player

The forward will miss quarter-final match due to suspension

By Web Desk
August 08, 2023
England's Lauren James celebrates her goal during the round of 16 match against Nigeria - Twitter/@laurenjamess22

England's forward Lauren James felt sorry for her actions during their last 16 contest against Nigeria in the ongoing FIFA Women's World Cup. 

James, who stamped on Nigerian player Michelle Alozie during the knockout stage match, apologised on a public platform. 

"All my love and respect to you. I am sorry for what happened. Also, for our England fans and my teammates, playing with and for you is my greatest honour and I promise to learn from my experience," she wrote on Twitter.

The apology came as a response to Alozie's post where she said: "We are playing on the world's stage. This game is one of passion, insurmountable emotions, and moments.

"All respect for Lauren James."

James, England's top scorer at the tournament with three goals, received a red card for a bad-tempered stamp on Alozie's back in the 87th minute of Monday's game.

England were reduced to 10 players for more than half an hour but went on to win in a penalty shootout after the match ended 0-0 following extra time.

England will face Colombia in the quarter-final on Saturday but James will miss that game through suspension. England now await a FIFA decision to see if the Chelsea player will receive an extended ban for the stamp.