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England's James gets two-match ban for stamp and red card v Nigeria

England's Lauren James will miss the quarter-final and a potential semi-final of the World Cup after being banned for two matches by FIFA.

James was sent off after she stood on the back of Nigeria's Michelle Alozie in England's last-16 victory.

The 21-year-old's initial yellow card was upgraded to a red card after a review by VAR, with James the first Lioness to be sent off under Sarina Wiegman.

FIFA rules state that players are automatically banned for one game - meaning James misses England's quarter-final against Colombia on Saturday.

She will also now miss the semi-final, should England get there, after FIFA extended the suspension.

James apologised on social media after Alozie had herself had responded to the incident, saying she had 'all respect for Lauren James'.

The Chelsea forward replied: "All my love and respect to you. I am sorry for what happened. Also, for our England fans and my team-mates, playing with and for you is my greatest honour and I promise to learn from my experience."

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