This is the last article you can read this month
You can read more article this month
You can read more articles this month
Sorry your limit is up for this month
THE FA has been urged by MPs to amend its policies on transgender inclusion in the women’s game, accusing the governing body of “turning a blind eye” to the issue.
Teams in the Sheffield and Hallamshire women’s league have withdrawn from matches against Rossington over their inclusion of Francesca Needham, after she was involved in an incident which left an opposition player with a season-ending injury.
A group of more than 70 MPs and members of the House of Lords have written to FA chief executive Mark Bullingham calling on his organisation to change course.
“It would be unthinkable for any adult to be allowed to join a children’s football team and compete against children,” the letter stated.
“It should therefore be unthinkable for any adult male to be allowed to play against women. As the Rossington case makes abundantly clear, not only does this undermine the principle of fairness, it also threatens the safety of women and girls.”
According to the FA’s policy, transgender players may apply to compete in a league of their “affirmed gender.” Other national governing bodies, such as the Rugby Football Union and British Cycling, have stated that anyone who has gone through male puberty may not compete in female sport.
The MPs and Lords group said the FA’s position was “unacceptable” and added: “The FA is more than willing to issue crystal clear instructions to football clubs across the country on a whole range of different matters and yet on this issue it is turning a blind eye and is passing the buck to individual clubs and managers who must decide whether to allow registered trans players to join their teams.
“Given the controversy around this topic and the confusing way in which lobby groups have misinterpreted equalities law, players and managers – who are often volunteers – face serious personal, social and employment consequences if they question the presence of a transwoman on the pitch. The FA must therefore take responsibility for setting an unambiguous single sex policy at all levels of the game.
“We therefore ask that, without further delay, the FA acts to protect women and girls’ football by banning all natal males from playing in women’s teams.”
The FA said last month it was working with the Sheffield and Hallamshire County FA to find a resolution regarding the Rossington case.
“This issue is complex and constantly evolving 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.”
The governing body has been contacted for comment in response to the letter.
Needham said last month she was quitting football for the foreseeable future and that she was pursuing a case of discrimination.
You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Britain that’s fighting for one by become a member of the People’s Printing Press Society.
The Morning Star is a readers’ co-operative, which means you can become an owner of the paper too by buying shares in the society.
Shares are £10 each — though unlike capitalist firms, each shareholder has an equal say. Money from shares contributes directly to keep our paper thriving.
Some union branches have taken out shares of over £500 and individuals over £100.
You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Britain that’s fighting for one by donating to the Fighting Fund.
The Morning Star is unique, as a lone socialist voice in a sea of corporate media. We offer a platform for those who would otherwise never be listened to, coverage of stories that would otherwise be buried.
The rich don’t like us, and they don’t advertise with us, so we rely on you, our readers and friends. With a regular donation to our monthly Fighting Fund, we can continue to thumb our noses at the fat cats and tell truth to power.
Donate today and make a regular contribution.