Tottenham Hotspur have been awarded their postponed home Barclays FA Women’s Super League fixture against Birmingham City.
The Blues had had a request turned down for the January game be put back, as they were suffering a shortage of available players.
The FA has today issued this statement:
“The Football Association can confirm that an Independent Tribunal has determined that Birmingham City’s unfulfilled fixture against Tottenham Hotspur in The FA WSL on 10 January 2021 will not be replayed and three points will be awarded to Tottenham Hotspur.
“The tribunal found that Birmingham breached competition rule 11.3.18, which outlines ‘the failure to fulfil an engagement.’ As a result, Tottenham Hotspur have been awarded the victory.”
Birmingham City Women’s General Manager, Sarah Westwood commented on bcfc.com:
“We feel very strongly and that we made the right decision not to take the team to the match and looked to seek support from the FA for which we felt, was extenuating circumstances, in which we put the duty of care to our players and staff at the forefront of our decision making.
“We fought to get the match rearranged so that the result could have been played out competitively on the pitch and the result of the Independent Tribunal is met with great disappointment.”
The tribunal outcome sees Spurs now sitting seven points clear of danger but Birmingham still just three points ahead of the bottom side.
Spurs are in action in Sunday’s only WSL fixture, when they host Bristol City in a 2pm kick off, live on The FA Player.