As a result of her Women’s World Cup dismissal, Lauren James has limited comments on her Instagram account.
Shortly before the end of regular time in the crucial Round of 16 match, the Chelsea star stamped on Nigeria’s Michelle Alozie and was later sent out following a VAR review.
Through extra time, Sarina Wiegman’s Lionesses were down to just 10 players, but finally, James’s moment of insanity didn’t cost England, who won 4-2 on penalties.
The 21-year-old James’s restriction on who may leave comments on her Instagram account, which has 568,000 followers, was swiftly discovered.
The forward was plainly anticipating a barrage of insults to follow for her petulant behaviour.
James had been excellent for England during the tournament’s group stages, scoring three goals, but the stamp could have easily resulted in their elimination.
James and Alozie collided, in the 87th minute, with the score still 0-0, but Nigeria was the superior team.
Lauren James stood on Alozie’s lower back as she got to her feet while the Nigerian was still on the ground.
Lauren James was first given a yellow card by referee Melissa Borjas, but VAR intervened, and replays showed the offence was more serious than previously believed.
After reviewing video recordings on the pitch, Borjas raised the yellow card to a red and informed the fans that it was for violent behaviour.
The Lionesses made it through a 30-minute extended period of play before maintaining composure to prevail in the shootout and secure a matchup with Colombia or Jamaica in the round of eight.
Wiegman claimed that the forward had expressed regret but had “not intended to injure anyone”.
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