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Independent Tribunal Verdict

We put the duty of care to our players and staff at the forefront of our decision making.

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A decision has been reached regarding the outcome of Blues Women’s postponed fixture against Tottenham Hotspur.

In January, due to an unprecedented shortage of player availability, the Club was unable to fulfil its Barclays FA Women’s Super League fixture with Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday 10 January 2021.

The Club cited that attempting to partake in the match at that time would have been to risk player welfare and jeopardise player wellbeing, however, an application for a postponement submitted to the FA was denied.

A resultant Independent Tribunal requested by the FA to determine whether the Club breached Rule 11.3.18 and failed to fulfil an engagement to play a match has delivered the following verdict.

“The Respondent admits the breach of Rule 11.3.18.

“The Fixture, which shall not be rescheduled, shall be treated as having been played and won by Tottenham Hotspur Women FC and points shall be awarded accordingly.”

Blues Women's General Manager, Sarah Westwood commented:

"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 Club will be making no further comment on the matter.

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