Birmingham City had been angered that goalkeeper Hannah Hampton was left “in floods of tears” after being instructed she was not shortlisted for Great Britain’s Olympic squad simply 90 minutes earlier than Thursday’s WSL sport towards Everton.
Blues boss Carla Ward stated Hampton, 20, wanted consoling through the warm-up.
Ward stated the timing was “unacceptable” and it “clearly affected” Hampton within the 4-Zero defeat.
The Football Association apologised and stated the timing “was an error”.
A spokesperson for the governing physique continued: “We take full responsibility for the upset this has caused.”
Watching Hampton battle emotionally and make a sequence of errors through the defeat prompted Ward to talk out towards how the FA selected to relay the information to gamers.
“We have a big welfare issue in terms of looking after her,” Ward stated. “We will pick her up, support her in the best way we can.
“We spent 45 minutes along with her and she or he was deeply upset. Our focus ought to have been on the sport and her focus ought to have been on the sport.
“We didn’t know if we were playing her or not. Everybody saw a Hannah Hampton performance which isn’t Hannah Hampton-esque.”
Players from each side had been instructed whether or not or not they’d made the squad earlier than the sport, however Ward stated that didn’t excuse how the announcement was dealt with.
“You wouldn’t get it happening before Champions League tie but it’s OK to deliver news to both sides an hour and a half before kick-off when it’s Birmingham v Everton,” Ward stated.
Everton supervisor Willie Kirk, who had two gamers instructed they had been chosen and two others knowledgeable they had been unnoticed, agreed that communication “was very poor”.
“A player finding out that news two hours before kick-off is wrong,” Kirk stated.
“It’s important if you’re sharing good news or bad news that the clubs get a heads-up so they can try to support that.
“It has affected our gamers and I believe the gamers it affected have handled it very professionally tonight and each put in good performances.”
Bradley Rains, agent and head of women’s football at Coda Independent Sports, represents several players who are believed to have been considered for Team GB, including Hampton.
He instructed BBC Sport: “Of course anybody can be massively disenchanted to overlook out on an Olympics. But the timing of this message simply earlier than an vital league sport is extraordinarily unprofessional and ill-judged.
“To deliver news in this manner and timeframe to valued members of the home nation squads and domestic leagues leaves a bad taste.”