8 of Iran’s Women’s National Football Team Are Reportedly Men

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Iran’s women’s national football team have caused a bit of a stir after it was revealed that eight of them were men. 

8 of Iran’s Women’s National Football Team Are Reportedly MenEight of Iran’s women’s national football team are apparently men. I guess it’s not only Aberkenfig U14 team that doesn’t shower after matches.

This hot piece of news is traveling around the globe in a jet plane after Mojtabi Sharifi, an official close to Iran’s national football team, broke the news to Iranian media. It’s believed all eight of them are waiting for their man’s bits to be turned into female bits. A set of surgical procedures that were deemed legal in 1979, when the late Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini changed religious law. He didn’t, however, change the laws that can result in execution if you are found to be homosexual.

It’s not the first time that Iran’s women’s national football side has fallen foul of this particular law. Last year, four players were found to be men, resulting in new laws on gender testing being introduced by the Iranian sports governing body.

‘If these people can solve their problems through surgery and be in a position to receive the necessary medical qualifications, they will then be able to participate in [women’s] football,’ Ahmad Hashemian, head of the Iranian football federation’s medical committee, said last year. 

The eight players have not been named.

Earlier this week, authorities ordered gender testing of the entire national squad, and leading league players.

Sharifi has called the team ‘unethical’ in fielding a side with physically stronger players. Women and not allowed to play against men in competitive football, a point that went a little far this week after EA Sports introduced women’s football into it’s FIFA16 release, but with the stipulation that the women couldn’t compete against the men.

If any of you ladies are struggling for an entry in your gratitude journal today, look no further. Earlier this month the Iranian women’s team captain, Niloufar Ardalan, 30, was denied the ability to join her team members in a tournament in Malaysia because her husband refused to let her go.

According to Iranian law, a wife needs her husband’s signature in order for her passport to be renewed. Fox News reported that her husband, sports reporter Mahdi Toutounchi, confiscated her passport, because he wanted her to stay at home and be present for her son’s first day at school.

And there was me complaining about walking the dogs in the rain.


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