Sarina Wiegman, the manager of England, said that fatigue, not malice, was to blame for Lauren James’ careless stamp on Michelle Alozie of Nigeria.
During the final moments of England’s victory in the round of 16, James received a straight red card for acting violently.
As a result, Wiegman’s squad played all of extra time with just 10 players, winning 4-2 on penalties.
Wiegman has defended the Chelsea forward and says it was a “very unfortunate” incident.
“She’s young and this is just a split second, she doesn’t want to harm anyone. It’s later on in the game, so you get a little bit tired too.
“It’s such an intense and emotional game that in a split second where you just don’t control your emotions, then things happen.
“Of course, she didn’t want to do that, but before she’d even realised it had happened. Very unfortunate. She will absolutely learn from it,” Wiegman said.