Rabat - Iran’s football governing body has come under fire as sources claim that eight men have been playing on the women’s national squad without undergoing sex change operations.
Rabat – Iran’s football governing body has come under fire as sources claim that eight men have been playing on the women’s national squad without undergoing sex change operations.
Mojtabi Sharifi, an official close to the Iranian league, told Saudi Arabia’s Al Arabia news channel that the Iranian football association was accused of acting “unethically” over “knowingly fielding eight men on its women’s team.”
A report by the Telegraph said that Iranian authorities ordered gender testing of the entire national squad and leading league players on Wednesday. The names of the players thought to be male were not revealed.
Gender change operations are legal and reportedly common in Iran, despite the fact that Sharia legal code in the country prohibits homosexuality.
Last year, the Iranian football governing body introduced random checks after four national players were found to be men who had not had fully completed sex operations, or had development disorders.
The first similar scandal in Iran dates back to 2008 when it was reported that there were men on the women’s national squad. Meanwhile, Iran’s football governing body denied the reports, saying they are “untrue claims.”