Jun 092015
 
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Germany’s Lena Goebling (left) and Shanon Boxx of the U.S. vie for the ball

MEN PLAYING IN FIFA WOMEN’S CUP 2015?

NO, there are no men disguised as women playing in the 2015 FIFA CUP being hosted by Canada!!

How do we know?

FIFA RULES

Since 2011, teams have been required to sign a declaration guaranteeing that players nominated to the World Cup were “of an appropriate gender.”

According to FIFA, “It lies with each participating member association to … ensure the correct gender of all players by actively investigating any perceived deviation in secondary sex characteristic.”

How verification takes place isn’t clear, although physical exams, hormone and chromosome testing have been used in the past.

GERMAN FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION

It has been reported that the German Football Association used players’ gynecological reports as evidence.

German team manager Doris Fitschen told the Bild newspaper, “We are glad to be able to confirm that all our players are female.”

Midfielder Lena Goebling stated she and her teammates “have all been very amused about the test and have not taken the whole thing so seriously.”

But gender testing can be humiliating. Women who don’t conform to perceived feminine norms are often scrutinized based on their physical appearance alone.

Goebling told Germany’s Bild newspaper that the German team has found gender testing amusing. But for some players, just the idea of it is humiliating.

Genevova Anonma

Genevova Anonma

AFRICAN SOCCER PLAYER TESTED

in 2008, Equatorial Guinea’s Genoveva Anonma was forced to undergo a physical examination to prove her gender after scoring the winning goal in the African Women’s Championship.

WHAT ABOUT ‘THAT’ KOREAN PLAYER?

Korean female players from six clubs demanded in 2013 that a player named Park Eun-seon be tested to clarify that she was a woman.

Park Eun Seon

Park Eun Seon, Korea

All six teams declared that she was probably a man.

 CANADIAN PLAYERS ASK – ARE MEN BEING TESTED?

Former Canadian team captain Geri Donnelly said she was “absolutely stunned” to hear of the gender verification rule.

“The good part about the women’s game is that it represents women so well,” Donnelly said. “What’s on the pitch is what’s in society, in terms of what they look like. Every fan, every little girl can relate to at least one player on a team.”

DISCRIMINATION?

“It’s a bit of a discriminatory thing.” said Katie Thorlakson, who played for Canada in the 2007 World Cup. “Are the men playing on [artificial] turf? No. Are the men getting tested for gender? No.”

FIFA rules do call for gender verification of all players, although there is no record of male players ever being tested.

SOURCE: CANADIAN PRESS

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