By Milcah Tanimu
Contrary to previous reports, Michelle Alozie, a standout player for the Super Falcons, has clarified that Lauren James, the England and Chelsea women’s forward, did not personally reach out to her following an incident during the 2023 Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. Instead, James issued an apology through social media after an on-field stamp on Alozie during England’s 4-2 penalty win against Nigeria in the round of 16.
The incident resulted in James receiving a red card in the 87th minute after a VAR review. In response to the event, James posted an apology on both her Twitter and Instagram accounts. The Football Association (FIFA) also imposed a two-game suspension on James due to her actions.
Alozie set the record straight during an interview on Channels TV Sports Tonight, clarifying that the apology was solely made on social media platforms. She mentioned that she did not receive a personal message from James.
Alozie also shared her perspective on her reaction to the challenge from James. She highlighted that her decision to react mildly was influenced by the fact that she was already carrying a yellow card in the game. She noted that her teammates shared a photo of the incident after the match, aiming to lift her spirits, as she was initially quite upset about the situation.
Despite the elimination of the Super Falcons in the round of 16, Alozie emphasized that her team did not lose any matches in open play throughout the tournament.