Comparing Reece James’ Red Card vs Brighton to Lauren James Being Sent Off in the Women’s World Cup

Comparing Reece James’ Red Card vs Brighton to Lauren James Being Sent Off in the Women’s World Cup

Joel Reyes
May 16, 2024 at 2:59 AM
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  • Reece James got sent off in Chelsea's game against Brighton on Wednesday night
  • He was given his marching orders after kicking out at Seagulls striker, Joao Pedro
  • He drew comparisons to Lauren James also seeing red in the Women's World Cup

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Picking up needless red cards runs in the family.

Reece James followed his sister Lauren's example as he got sent off in unnecessary fashion in the game against Brighton and Hove Albion on Wednesday night.

Sports Brief compares the siblings' red cards in the Premier League and the Women's World Cup.

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Reece James reacts after being shown a red card in the game against Brighton on May 15, 2024; Lauren James stamps on Nigeria's Michelle Alozie in the Women's World Cup. Images: Darren Walsh/ Elsa.
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Reece James' red card vs Brighton

The 2023-24 season has been a disappointing one for Chelsea captain, Reece James. He made it even worse on Wednesday night when he got sent off in the second half of their match against Brighton.

The skipper entered the game as a substitute in the 69th minute, with the Blues holding a 2-0 advantage at that stage.

Manager, Mauricio Pochettino, brought him on to shore up Chelsea's defence as they looked to secure their fourth consecutive league win.

The Englishman's second appearance since December following surgery on his hamstring didn't last long, though, as he received his marching orders in the 88th minute.

The referee issued a straight red card to James for violent conduct after he kicked out at Brighton striker, Joao Pedro, in the latter stages of the second half, per The Independent.

That moment of madness nearly cost his team as Brighton tried to rally in the closing minutes. The Seagulls pulled a goal back in the seventh minute of added time through a Danny Welbeck strike.

Fortunately for Chelsea, they managed to hold on to the 2-1 victory. Pochettino was interviewed after the match, saying that James' sending off was painful for them.

Lauren James' Women's World Cup red card

Reece James' red card against Brighton has drawn comparisons to his sister, Lauren's sending-off in the Women's World Cup last year.

She was given her marching orders after she stood on the back of Michelle Alozie in England's victory over Nigeria in the Round of 16.

James was initially given a yellow card for that foul, but the referee was summoned for a VAR review seconds later.

Her booking was upgraded to a straight red following the review, making James the first Lioness under manager Sarina Wiegman to be sent off in a match, per Sky Sports.

She was given a two-match ban by FIFA following the red card, missing England's quarter-final match against Colombia and their semi-final win over Australia.

James then returned to the line-up in the final loss against Spain, appearing as a substitute in the second half.

Chelsea fans slam James after red card

Sports Brief also reported on fans slamming Reece James following his red card against Brighton.

Chelsea supporters called him an embarrassment after he was sent off minutes after coming on.

The embattled Blues skipper had only played nine games for Chelsea before Wednesday's clash.

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Joel Reyes is a sports editor at with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of the Philippines. He has eight years of work experience in sports writing.