Sweden women’s players told to ‘show their genitalia for the doctor’ to prove they were female

Sweden women’s players told to ‘show their genitalia for the doctor’ to prove they were female

Sweden’s ladies soccer workforce needed to “present their genitalia” for a physician on the 2011 Ladies’s World Cup to show their intercourse, based on their centre-back Nilla Fischer.

Writing in her new guide, I Didn’t Even Say Half Of It, Fischer described the method, which was carried out by a feminine physiotherapist on behalf of the physician, as “sick and humiliating”.

“We had been informed that we should always not shave ‘down there’ within the coming days and that we’ll present our genitalia for the physician,” wrote Fischer, who was capped 194 occasions.

“Nobody understands the factor about shaving however we do as we’re informed and assume ‘how did it get to this?’ Why are we pressured to do that now, there must be different methods to do that. Ought to we refuse?

“On the identical time nobody desires to jeopardise the chance to play at a World Cup. We simply should get the shit executed irrespective of how sick and humiliating it feels.”

The checks had adopted protests from Nigeria, South Africa and Ghana following allegations that members of the Equatorial Guinea squad included males.

Fifa had additionally issued gender recognition insurance policies two weeks earlier than the event, which required groups to signal a assure that every one gamers chosen for the World Cup had been “of an applicable gender”. The principles say that it lies with every workforce to “guarantee the right gender of all gamers by actively investigating any perceived deviation in secondary intercourse attribute”.

Fischer detailed the method in additional element throughout an interview this week for the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet. “I perceive what I’ve to do and rapidly pull down my coaching pants and underwear on the identical time,” she stated. “The physio nods and says ‘yup’ after which appears to be like out on the physician who’s standing along with his again to my doorway. He makes a be aware and strikes on within the hall to knock on the following door.

“When everybody on our workforce is checked, that’s to say, has uncovered their vagina, our workforce physician can signal that the Swedish ladies’s nationwide soccer workforce consists solely of girls.

“We had a really protected atmosphere within the workforce. So it was in all probability the perfect atmosphere to do it in. Nevertheless it’s an especially unusual scenario and general not a snug technique to do it.”


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