The transgender soccer player whose appearance in a women’s game was branded as ‘cheating’ by a top cop is a child who was already struggling with her identity before the row broke out, Daily Mail Australia can reveal.
A senior South Australian police officer took to social media over the weekend to complain that the male-to-female transgender player was allowed to play in the women’s Adelaide Footy League competition.
The ensuing uproar devastated the youngster who is said to have “struggled hard” with the sudden attention on her and the atmosphere of “transgender hysteria”.
The police officer sparked controversy when he raged on Facebook: “When you play a women’s grand final and the best player award goes to a man, there’s something wrong.”
Adelaide Footy League boss John Kernahan’s chief executive said the organization was “truly disappointed, even sickened” by the South African police officer’s comments.
‘So apparently men have no physical advantage in playing against women! This is madness,’ the officer said on the League’s Facebook page.
‘The Adelaide Football League and SANFL need to be brave and take a stand. Decision makers must be held accountable for such a bad decision.
‘It’s not correct. By making one person comfortable, they make many others uncomfortable.
The officer, said to be ‘very experienced’, referred to the ban that swimming’s governing body, FINA, had imposed on born male athletes competing in women’s sport, and added: ‘A man can’t swim against a woman – how fair is that for one to play a physical sport like soccer against women.
“It’s not transphobic – it’s science and it’s cheating.”
The outburst came after the junior featured in a senior match in the Australian Rules amateur competition last weekend when the women’s grand final was played..
It can now be revealed that the player he vilified is actually a young player in the senior league and already trying to come to terms with the recent controversy surrounding transgender women in women’s sport.
Adelaide Footy League chief executive John Kernahan told Daily Mail Australia: “There was a reference to a transgender player who is also a minor.”
“She has been approved by SANFL to play in the junior competition which also extends to the senior competition which we run.
“The anecdotal information is that she’s having a hard time focusing on herself and hysteria around the transgender debate anyway.”
The cop’s comments were deleted from the League’s Facebook page and called sickening by Kernahan.
The experienced officer made the comments on the League’s Facebook page after a women’s game at the weekend
The league boss has since been targeted by anti-trans sports activists who have bombarded him and AFL leaders with furious emails slamming him for failing to protect women from male competition in their leagues.
The debate over inclusivity was a central issue in the campaign of Katherine Deves, the defeated Liberal candidate for Sydney’s Warringah seat in May’s federal election.
She insisted that she was defending “the right of women and girls to fair competition in sport” by demanding a ban on transgender athletes competing.
Last month, World Rugby and International Rugby League both announced the banning of all transgender players from the full-contact version of their women’s matches.
Australian Rules policy still welcomes transgender players as part of its game-for-all policy, but recognizes it may give some players and teams a physical advantage
Australian Rules, which does not have an overall governing body, leaves its policy to be decided by the individual leagues.
While the Adelaide Footy League cleared the player in the case to participate, transgender player Hannah Mouncey has been barred from playing in women’s AFL and VFL competitions.
However, these are professional leagues and the AFL has encouraged participation at lower levels.
“The AFL’s inclusion policy is really easy for us to honor,” Kernahan said. “When and/or if the standards change, we will change with them.”
The sport’s gender diversity policy commits: “IWe believe that everyone has the opportunity to participate in community football.
“The SANFL and the AFL are of the view that, in community football, considerations of social inclusion have a higher priority than any concerns that may exist with respect to competitive advantage over player participation. of various kinds.”
The football boss said the public should celebrate that everyone has the chance to play the sport, not drag others down.
He added: “We understand the debate. However, do not use our brand or our social media platforms to promote views that do not reflect the league’s compass on this matter.
South African police said they were aware of the messages from one of their own officers and they were being reviewed internally.
“South Australia Police note that these comments reflect an individual’s personal opinion,” a spokesperson said.
“SA Police is a diverse and inclusive organization where all people are safe, respected and supported to reach their potential.
“We are aware of the social media post and the matter is currently under investigation by the Ethical and Professional Standards Department.”