Transgender Soccer Player Injures Female Opponent, Threatens Legal Action After Other Teams Cancel Games

Transgender Soccer Player Injures Female Opponent, Threatens Legal Action After Other Teams Cancel Games

Sometimes it’s not only OK to quit. Sometimes it’s necessary.

That’s what some female athletes in England did when they learned they were going to have to play against a man claiming to be a woman, the U.K.’s Daily Mail reported Monday.

They refused to play.

They weren’t being transphobic. They refused to play because they were afraid.

What caused the fear? A female soccer player suffered a broken knee when blocking a shot from Francesca Needham, a 30-year-old man. They were afraid that if they took the field against Needham, they could be injured too.

Two matches in the Sheffield and Hallamshire Women’s League had to be canceled because of the boycott, according to the Daily Mail.

“At least four teams in a Sheffield women’s football league are boycotting matches after a club fielded a transgender player accused of causing a season-ending injury to an opponent,” The Telegraph of London reported Monday.

Needham said he is going to “step down from playing football for the foreseeable future,” according to the Daily Mail.

He said he’s doing so for the sake of the team, the Rossington Main Ladies, based in South Yorkshire. If Needham didn’t throw in the towel, it looks like the Main Ladies were going to have a heck of a time finding anybody to play with them.

Needham isn’t stepping down for good. He’s threatening to file a lawsuit over the matter.

“This unfortunate circumstance has prompted me to investigate pursuing a case of discrimination, as I believe it represents a breach of the code of conduct regarding diversity and inclusion, as well as safeguarding of adults in football established by both the Football Association and the Sheffield and Hallamshire Women and Girls League,” he said, according to The Telegraph.

Needham reportedly has the support of the Main Ladies.  The team secretary posted “in unity we defeat discrimination,” according to the Daily Mail.

Uh-oh. Women refusing to play men who claim to be women in sports? A scandal. What will the Football Association officials do? Will they side with the trans player or the women seeking to avoid being injured?

It looks like the league initially backed Needham, who has played only two matches this season.

In the first game, the opposing team’s manager realized five minutes into the game Needham was a man.

“It was obvious,” the manager said, according to the Daily Mail. “Unfortunately, the FA allowed it to happen but didn’t let anyone know.

“She’s quite a big strong player. People have refused to play because they are worried about the safety of the players. My players were backing out of challenges as psychologically it’s quite a big thing, when you are playing against a biological man it’s quite scary. They were terrified.”

It should be a no-brainer. Any female player in her right mind — some of the players in the league are under 16 — would be afraid to play a bruiser of a man. Men should not be allowed to play sports on a women’s team. Pretty simple, right?

Not so fast. These days even simple is complicated.

“This issue is complex and constantly evolving,” the Football Association told Sky News, “and like many other national governing bodies in sport, we are currently reviewing our transgender policy for English football to ensure it is inclusive, fair and safe for all.”

You know, the whole diversity and inclusion bit. It’s not just an American mind disease.

The league’s current policy is “gender identity should not be a barrier to participation in football,” Sky News reported. Eligibility is determined on a case-by-case basis.

Male athletes over the age of 16 who want to play women’s soccer have to have blood testosterone levels “within natal female range for an appropriate length of time so as to minimise any potential advantage.” Testosterone checks are to occur once a year.

According to the Daily Mail, the Football Association has drafted a new policy on transgender players that is yet to be published. Unless the league has somehow come to its senses, the new policy will be about like the old — nonsensical. A man is — no matter what he feels like — a man. The fact can’t be changed. Policy be damned.

By the sound of it, odds are the association will try to accommodate men who claim to be women and want to play women’s sports. Shame on them.

It doesn’t make sense and it never will.

Because the policymakers refuse to make sense, female athletes should simply quit playing teams that allow men to compete against them. It’s the only way to put a stop to the unfair and dangerous practice.

Sometimes quitting is not only OK, it’s necessary.


This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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