General view before the start of the match Birmingham City Women v Manchester United Women, WSL football match, The Autotech Stadium, Solihull, UK - 13 Sep 2020 Photo: Paul Currie for The FA

Birmingham City handed one-point deduction for fielding ineligible player

Birmingham City have been deducted one point for fielding an ineligible player in their 1-1 draw with Reading at the SportNation.bet Stadium last month, the club have confirmed.

Republic of Ireland international forward Ruesha Littlejohn was fielded by the Blues when she should have been serving a suspension.

Birmingham City have admitted the offence which saw the club make an administrative error and they have been charged by The Football Association as a result. The Blues have also this afternoon confirmed that the point collected from the draw with Reading has been deducted and Littlejohn will now face her one-match suspension.

The points deduction means that Birmingham City could still be relegated on Sunday if they were to lose against Tottenham Hotspur and bottom club Bristol City win at Brighton & Hove Albion. Between Carla Ward’s side and The Robins in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League table are Aston Villa who face a tough assignment away at Arsenal.

With Birmingham City being two points above the relegation zone, boasting the best goal difference of the three sides at the bottom and arguably facing the most preferential final day fixture, the Blues are more than likely to survive the drop. They will be pleased to have learnt the outcome of their punishment for their ineligible player offence prior to the final day.

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