Eight Men Out: Iranian National Women’s Soccer Team Found To Be Infested With Dudes
Iranian soccer, where the men are men and the women are, well, that's not totally clear at this point.
There was a bit of a controversy last year when Iran's governing soccer body instituted gender testing, after it was revealed that four members of the country's women's national team were actually men. The players were awaiting sex-change surgery, and well, I guess there was a backlog.
Since then, seven players in the Iranian National Soccer League had their contracts terminated for being dudes. But has that solved the controversy?
Um ... just recently it was revealed that eight members of the Women's National Team are really men. Some are awaiting gender surgery, and some "are suffering from sexual development disorders." The Telegraph:
Gender change operations are legal in Iran according to a fatwa -- or religious ruling -- pronounced by the late Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, spiritual leader of the 1979 Islamic revolution. The law contrasts with the strict rules governing sexual morality under the country's Sharia legal code, which forbids homosexuality and pre-marital sex.
So now, a whole new round of gender testing, and there are likely going to be some vacancies on the women's national team.
How are athletes getting away with hiding their gender? The Iranian national team plays in hijab headscarfs, long-sleeved tops and tracksuit bottoms. One could hide a Kangaroo in there. But they can't hide the faces, and some of the ones pictured above, well ... woof. And that's because those particular players are men.
And would you like another slice of irony? In Iran women aren't allowed to attend soccer matches, unless they're playing in one.
But I think I've figured out why this is happening. Iran just wants to field a women's team that can get on an airplane for international competition. The Telegraph:
Earlier this month the women's national team captain was unable to fly with the squad to Malaysia because her husband refused her permission to fly.
But if the majority of your team are really men, then this isn't an issue. Brilliant. Except when they start testing you, then it gets awkward.
So to get this straight: In Iran, nuclear inspections no good. Gender inspections, come right in and take a look. Seems the priorities are a little off.
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