FIFA Nominates Lauren James For Best Player Award Despite Stepping On Nigeria’s Alozie At World Cup
FIFA has nominated Lauren James for best women’s player 2023, despite her largely criticized foul against Super Falcons player, Michelle Alozie.
The 16-player list released by FIFA on Thursday included James who had stepped on Alozie in the knockout stage clash between Nigeria and England.
FIFA said, “A double winner with Chelsea, this exciting forward also emerged as a key player for her national team, providing three goals and as many assists in the Lionesses’ run to the Women’s World Cup final.”
In the 84th minute of the knock-out game against England, James picked up a yellow card for an impetuous stamp on Alozie’s back after both players tussled for the ball.
Referee Melissa Borjas after reviewing the video monitor withdrew the yellow card and showed off a red card.
Although England were down by a player, they held the Falcons to a draw and later won 4-2 on penalties.