Daily Mail reported about eight men playing on Iran's national women's team. According to the British tabloid, the men were awaiting sex swap operations.
"Eight players have been playing with Iran's female team without completing sex change operations," Daily Mail reported.
Turns out, Daily Mail spread wrong information. The story about men on the women's squad was invented in 2008 by Al-Arabiya and Daily Mail decided to bring in back again on Thursday.
"Iran's national women's mini-football team is a young team that recently won the Asian Cup. All members of the team are respected athletes and beautiful women, one can see it with the naked eye," Shougi told Sputnik.
The journalist praised the superior skill of his country's team during Asian Cup games and stressed that their victory was clean, without any gender-based falsifications.
This story isn't an exception. Lies and false rumors surround the realm of women's football and this isn't the first time when a country faced similar accusations. Both FIFA and International Olympic Committee (IOC) closely monitor and perform thorough medical tests, making sure to keep men and women apart from each other when it comes to playing football on the international level, Shougi said.
Football is a very popular game in Iran, both among men and women.