The original version of this article referred to Rule 21a, when it should have been Rule 22a.
In the final game before the mid-season break, Celtic beat Stirling University 2-0, thanks to goals from Suzanne Mulvey and Courtney Whyte.
But a meeting of the League Management Committee decided that as Celtic had played an ineligible player during the first half, a 3-0 win would be awarded to Stirling University.
Both clubs were told of the decision on Thursday evening. Whilst this was a clerical error, it breached the SWPL rule 22a:
22. Team Lines
a) Not later than 45 minutes before the start of a Premier League match and 30 minutes before the start of a Division 1-2 [match], each club shall hand to the referee, a list, and to its opponent, a duplicate, both of which shall be signed by the Secretary or other accredited club official, of the proper names of the players in its team, of such substitutes as are permitted, and of the club officials on forms provided by the Management Committee.
What this means is that Celtic drop down to fourth place, one point behind Spartans.
However, if has a bigger impact in the relegation race. After Stirling University drew with Spartans, they had moved up to seventh, one point ahead of Forfar Farmington. But now, Stirling are four points ahead of Forfar.
The updated SWPL 1 table is below: