Can You Spot The Ringers? See This Top Ranked Women's Soccer Team Dominate Tournament With WHOPPING FIVE Transgender Players Dismantling The Competition

By Victor Smiroff | Saturday, 30 March 2024 05:15 AM
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Flying Bats FC, an Australian soccer team, sparked controversy on social media recently when its squad, featuring five transgender players, dominated a women's preseason tournament.

The team clinched the Beryl Ackroyd Cup final with a 4-0 victory over the Macquarie Dragons and was awarded a $1,000 prize, as reported by news.au.com. Throughout the four-week tournament, Flying Bats FC remained undefeated and even secured a resounding 10-0 win in one of the matches.

The club's unwavering support for the LGBTQIA+ community is evident in its social media bio, which proudly declares it as "Sydney's premier LGBTQIA+ football (soccer) club for women & non-binary people. Est 1985. Fun, friendly, inclusive."

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However, not everyone was applauding the team's success. A senior club official expressed concerns to The Daily Telegraph, stating, "Our girls participate for enjoyment and expect to compete in the female competition.

They did not enroll for a mixed competition. Some parents were so apprehensive that they refused to allow their daughters to participate. It was disheartening for them to witness the significant gap in skill – they were outperformed."

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Kirralie Smith, a spokesperson for Binary Australia, a group advocating for the acknowledgment of the biological binary nature of sex, criticized the North West Sydney League for jeopardizing players' safety. Smith emphasized the group's stance that there are only two genders – male and female.

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The discontent extended to online platforms, with Sky Australia contributor Katherine Deves Morgan questioning the situation, "Are you getting angry yet? Five men on the victorious women's soccer team.

Girls were threatened with penalties if they withdrew. What a farce." Tennis icon Martina Navratilova also weighed in, expressing her frustration, "I have been upset for years now – the inequity is unprecedented. I will reiterate – women's sports should remain female-only. It is not a place for any (failed) male athletes."

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In response to the backlash, Flying Bats FC president Jen Peden defended the inclusion of transgender women in the women's competition based on their gender identity. Peden emphasized the club's commitment to inclusivity, safe play, and fostering a supportive environment for LGBTQIA+ participants. She highlighted the positive impact of sports on the physical, social, and mental well-being of marginalized LGBTQIA+ individuals.

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Peden affirmed, "We value both our cisgender and transgender players equally and adhere to the Australian Human Rights Commission's guidelines for the inclusion of transgender and gender diverse individuals in sports." She clarified that transgender women have been integral members of the club for over two decades, participating at various skill levels alongside cisgender players.

A spokesperson from Football NSW reiterated that the organization operates in accordance with the Australian Human Rights Commission's guidelines, allowing community players to engage in football based on their gender identity.

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