Wales manager Jayne Ludlow says some of her players suffered “horrific abuse” after their 2-2 Euro 2021 qualifying draw with Northern Ireland.
Ludlow, who has named her squad for the next qualifier in Belarus, says there needs to be an acknowledgement that Wales still have amateur players.
Goalkeeper Laura O’Sullivan, whose mistake led to Northern Ireland’s late leveller, works full time in an office.
“Some of the reaction to the last game was really tough to take,” Ludlow said.
“They had some horrific abuse on social media for it.
“And the one person in particular [O’Sullivan] is an amateur player who works full time.
“Over the last two months, she has gone through a process in her work life where it is her busiest time of year, but she still manages to step on the pitch as our national team goalkeeper and perform particularly well.
“The reaction was disappointing. People need to have an acknowledgement of the fact we are talking about amateur players.”