The Women’s World Cup has produced one of the most bizarre sending-offs of all time.
In the 42nd minute of the 0-0 draw between England and Nigeria in the round of 16 at the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia on July 7, England’s “ace” Lauren James was sent off.
Lauren James, the younger sister of Chelsea full-back Reece James, dribbled into the opposition box and was blocked by Michelle Alli. She then tangled with Alli and stepped on her back as she lay face down on the grass. The incident was clearly captured on the replay, on the cameras and by the referee. After running the video review system, the referees decided that James’ actions were deliberate and gave him a direct red card. BBC reporter Simon Stone publicly criticized James’ actions, saying, “How stupid can you be!”.
The public immediately “summoned” David Beckham. Beckham was sent off for kicking Diego Simeone in the leg during the 1998 World Cup Round of 16 against Argentina in France. England, demoralized after Beckham’s ejection, eventually lost to Argentina and ended the tournament prematurely. Beckham’s popularity as a flamboyant midfielder was quickly turned into a national traitor.
James was the team’s best player until the round of 16. He scored a total of three goals against Denmark and China in the group stage to lead England to the round of 16. In a tournament that saw a number of big names make early exits, he was expected to lead England to a surprise victory. 꽁머니사이트
Luckily for James, history didn’t repeat itself. After surviving 30 minutes of extra time, England narrowly punched their ticket to the quarterfinals with a 4-2 win on penalties. After being fouled by James, Alozie stepped up to take the second kick and converted the decisive penalty. England will play the winner of Colombia-Jamaica in the semifinals.