England forward Lauren James has apologised to Super Falcons defender Michelle Alozie after she stamped on her in the round of 16 game between Nigeria and England.
James was shown a red card in the 87th minute following a VAR review after a stamp on Alozie.
It was earlier reported that the 21-year-old was forced to deactivate the comments section on her Twitter and Instagram accounts after the game.
In what appears to be a defense for James, Alozie urged fans to forget about the event, saying football is a game of passion.
“Abeg, rest. We are playing on the world stage. This game is one of passion, insurmountable emotions, and moments. All respect for Lauren James.” Alozie wrote on her Twitter account.
James quoted the tweet afterwards, apologising to Alozie.
She wrote: “All my love and respect to you. I am sorry for what happened. Also, for our England fans and my teammates, playing with and for you is my greatest honour, and I promise to learn from my experience.”
James will miss England’s quarterfinal tie against Colombia on Saturday and could miss the rest of the tournament.
The 21-year-old was one of the stars of England’s group games, with three goals and three assists.
England also released a statement: “Lauren is really sorry for her actions which led to the red card and is full of remorse. It is wholly out of character for her. “
Fifa has not put a time frame on when a decision will be made but could extend her ban to more than one game – which could see her miss the rest of the tournament even if England go all the way.
England added: “We will be supporting Lauren throughout and will be putting forward representation on her behalf.
“We fully respect Fifa’s disciplinary process and will not be making any further comment until after any decision has been made.”
After the game, England boss Sarina Wiegman said: “She is inexperienced on this stage and in a split-second lost her emotions. It isn’t something she did on purpose. She apologised and felt really bad.
“She would never want to hurt someone. She is the sweetest person I know.”