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Holding the line

Eight players in Iran’s women’s soccer team are men

By WITW Staff on October 1, 2015

Iran’s women’s soccer team has come under fire for unethical practices, after it was revealed that eight of the team’s players are actually men, awaiting sex operations. “[Eight players] have been playing with Iran’s female team without completing sex change operations,” Mojtabi Sharifi, an official close to the Iranian league, told an Iranian news website. Despite strict rules around sexuality under sharia law, gender changes are legal in Iran. Authorities have now reportedly ordered gender testing of the entire national squad and other prominent league players. Suspicions regarding the gender of the goalkeeper already arose in 2010, and in 2014 the governing football body had to install random checks when four soccer players on the national women’s team turned out to be men.

Read the full story at The Telegraph.