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Eight players of Iran's women's football team are 'MEN'!!!

October 02, 2015 14:04 IST

Iranian women's national football team

Iranian women's national football team walk to the pitch. Photograph: Ali Jarekji /Reuters

Eight players of Iran’s women’s national football team are apparently men.

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Iran's football association is reportedly gender-testing their women's squad after these accusations.

This hot piece of news is traveling around the globe after, Mojtabi Sharifi, an official close to Iran’s national football team broke the news to the media.

Sharifi spoke to an Iranian website saying, "(Eight players) have been playing with Iran's female team without completing sex change operations."

London's Telegraph newspaper report led to authorities ordering gender-testing of the entire national squad and leading league players. The eight players have not been named.

Iranian women's national football team

The Iranian women's national football team wear hijab. Photograph: Ali Jarekji /Reuters

The Iranian women's team play in hijab headscarfs, long-sleeved tops and tracksuit bottoms.

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.

Gender-change operations are legal in Iran according to a religious ruling made by the late Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, spiritual leader of the 1979 Islamic revolution.

Sharifi has called the team ‘unethical’ in fielding a side with physically stronger players.