Eight of Iran’s women’s football team are actually men awaiting sex change operations, which has led to the side being criticised for not making this information immediately available.
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Iran’s football association was accused of being “unethical” for knowingly allowing eight men into a women’s team.
Mojtabi Sharifi, an official in the Iranian league, admitted:
(Eight players) have been playing with Iran’s female team without completing sex change operations.
This led to the entire national squad and leading league players being ordered to undergo gender testing, whatever that involves. The names of the players thought to be male were not revealed as of yet.
Sex change operations are legal in Iran according to a fatwa — religious ruling — by the late Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, spiritual leader of the 1979 Islamic revolution. This law clashes somewhat with the rules governing sexual morality under Iran’s Sharia legal code, which forbids homosexuality and pre-marital sex.
So yeah, bit weird that being gay or having pre-marital sex is forbidden in Iran but it’s OK to be transgendered. I mean talk about a kick in the balls. But should a person with a penis be allowed to compete in all-female sports? That’s the real question here. It’s certainly not allowed in the UK, or in the States or anywhere else in the world so it shouldn’t be allowed in Iran either.
P.S. Do we really need to give everyone a gender test to get to the bottom of this? Look at #10 FFS. I think you can go with your gut on this one Iran.