Emma Hayes has revealed Lauren James “is not in a very good place” after receiving racist abuse on social media and compared the Chelsea forward’s treatment to that of David Beckham after his red card during the 1998 men’s World Cup.

James, who was suspended for two matches at the Women’s World Cup in the summer after being sent off for stamping on Nigeria’s Michelle Alozie, has been targeted online since a similar incident during Chelsea’s 4-1 defeat at Arsenal on Sunday. She was booked for appearing to stamp on Lia Wälti and substituted by Hayes minutes later.

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