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FA apologise for telling players of Olympic axing just 90 mins before game as Ward and Kirk criticise governing body

FOOTBALL chiefs apologised after Birmingham ace Hannah Hampton was left in tears after being told she was not in Great Britain’s Olympic football squad shortly before a league game.

And Carla Ward and Willie Kirk slammed Team GB officials for telling a number of Blues and Everton players of their omission before their WSL clash.

Hannah Hampton was tearful after being told of her exclusion from Team GB's women's football squad


Hannah Hampton was tearful after being told of her exclusion from Team GB’s women’s football squadCredit: PA:Press Association

Hampton, 20, was informed she had been excluded from Team GB’s 35-player shortlist an hour and 30 minutes before her club took on the Toffees. 

And Birmingham City boss Ward said the timing of the news had distressed her number one goalkeeper with her team losing the match 4-0 on Thursday evening. 

Ward said: “Hannah made three errors for three of the goals and an hour and a half before kick-off the FA decided to give her a call and let her know she wasn’t in the Olympic squad 

“The girls are going out to warm-up, she’s in tears and we are wondering whether to even play her. 

“The timing was absolutely ridiculous. We had a kid, a 20-year-old kid, in floods of tears, and you can see that it’s clearly affected her out there.”

Everton gaffer Kirk echoed Ward’s views on the “poor” manner in which the details conveyed by the FA. 

And the Toffees boss revealed two of his aces found out they made Team GB’s shortlist while two others were told they had not been selected. 

Kirk said: “The communication went out to the players before it went out to the clubs and I think that’s poor for a start.

“I think it’s important if you’re sharing good news or bad news that the clubs get a heads-up so the clubs can try and support that if it’s bad news and certainly if it’s good news as well. 

“A player finding out information two hours before kick-off is wrong in my opinion. 

“It’s very, very poor and it has affected our players. I think the players that were affected dealt with it professionally.

Carla Ward says the timing of the FA's communication of Hampton was "ridiculous"


Carla Ward says the timing of the FA’s communication of Hampton was “ridiculous”Credit: PA:Press Association
Willie Kirk criticised the FA's decision to tell players of their Olympic squad exclusion before contacting clubs


Willie Kirk criticised the FA’s decision to tell players of their Olympic squad exclusion before contacting clubsCredit: PA:Press Association

The FA which oversees GB women’s football squad acknowledged the “upset” caused by the timing of its communication.

In a statement, the football authority said: “We apologise to the players and clubs concerned, and will also do so personally.

“The timing of the correspondence was an error but we take full responsibility for the upset this has caused.”

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