“8 have been playing with Iran’s female team without completing sex change operations”

Iran’s national women’s team has come under fire this week after it emerged that eight players of the group were not females, according to Al Arabiya News Channel’s Arabic language website.

“[Eight players] have been playing with Iran’s female team without completing sex change operations,” Mojtabi Sharifi, an official close to the Iranian league, said during an interview with the Iranian website Young Journalists Club. The proportion of players in the team who were born men was not known.

Iran's girls' football team pose for a group picture before the start of Turkey versus Iran girls' preliminary match of the Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games (YOG) played at the Jalan Besar Stadium in Singapore, Aug 12, 2010. Photo: SPH-SYOGOC/Seyu Tzyy Wei

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