England’s head coach, Sarina Wiegman, has expressed her approval of the two-match suspension given to forward Lauren James for her actions during the current FIFA Women’s World Cup.
In the Round of 16 match earlier this week, which England won on penalties, James was sent out for stamping on Super Falcons defender Michelle Alozie.
James has been suspended for two matches; if England make it to the final, she will be able to play. The offense carries an automatic one-match sentence and could have been extended to three games.
On Saturday, England will play Colombia in a quarterfinal matchup.
“That is the decision that is made; of course, that is not up to me,” Wiegman said at a press conference on Friday.
We recognize that as a truth and accept the punishment of missing two games. We’re going to have to take it from here and cross our fingers.