Lauren James banned for two games, could return for Women's World Cup final after red card for stamping on Nigeria's Alozie

Lauren James stamping on Alozie in the Round of 16 match between Nigeria and England 

Lionesses star Lauren James has been banned by the Federation International Football Association for two games but could return for the Women's World Cup final after being awarded a red card for stamping on Michelle Alozie in England's win over Nigeria, Daily Mail reports on Thursday, August 10, 2023.

James who is among the stars of the tournament and a key player of coach Sarina Weigman's team, was sent off in the last-16 clash after she stylishly stamped on her colleague during the football match.

James pressed Alozie's back down and stamped her when the Nigerian player was lying on the ground after a challenge in the 87th minute of the game, which ended in penalty play. 

After consulting the video assistant referee over the foul play, James was shown a red card having initially been given a yellow. Red card offences would lead to a one-game ban, but FIFA has the capacity to extend the suspension if they see fit. 

FIFA disciplinary committee exercised their right and handed out three-game bans for violent conduct but James has escaped a punishment that would have ruled her out of the rest of the tournament.

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