Michelle Alozie, a Super Falcons attacking wingback, has spoken out about the incident during the game against England.
Nigeria went toe-to-toe with the reigning European champions but was defeated on penalties after the game ended goalless after 90 minutes plus extra time.
Luren James of Chelsea was shown a straight red card in the 87th minute for fouling Michelle Alozie and stamping on her ass.
The referee first issued a yellow card to the Lioness midfielder, but following a VAR review, the card was increased to a red.
However, Nigeria was unable to capitalize on the one-man advantage, and the game continued to extra time and penalties, where England won 4-2.
Michelle Alozie reacts to attack by Lauren James
The Super Falcons star who plies her trade in the US with Houston Dash said she is fine despite the stamp by Lauren James, and she holds no grudge against her.
However, she added that Lauren James’ reaction to the tackle was unnecessary and that she was initially confused and did not know what was happening.
“It was good for us. James is a really good player. And nullifying her was really big for us. We didn’t want her to move freely and get those shots off that she usually does. It was good for us to have her taken out of the game.
“I was a little bit surprised by her reaction to the tackle. I don’t think it was really needed. I’m fine, my butt is fine from her stepping on it! I was kind of confused initially. I didn’t understand what was going on at first. There’s no hard feelings, it’s just a game,” Alozie said.
The Houston Dash star also called for respect for Lauren James, insisting that football is a game of passion and emotions.