A male-born transgender athlete has quit a British soccer team when faced with opposing teams refusing to play against his team after he broke an opponent’s knee during a match. But even after quitting, the trans player is threatening to sue.
Opponents had refused to play against Francesca Needham, 30, after he broke a female player’s knee as she tried to block his shot. Many claimed they were “terrified” to face Needham on the field, according to the Daily Mail.
Needham ultimately resigned from the Rossington Main Ladies team in Doncaster, South Yorkshire, saying he did so for the good of the team after many opponents refused to play them. But he was not happy to fade off into the sunset.
A man who 'identifies' as a woman is threatening to sue for discrimination because women have rightly refused to compete in the women's football league with him.#TransAgenda #SaveWomensSport #FrancescaNeedham #WomensLeaguehttps://t.co/ybU2nk47UQ
— Alex Bloodfire (@alexbloodfire) November 20, 2023
In a statement to the team’s Facebook page, Needham decried the fact that he “faced challenges from teams unwilling to play against us while I am on the field.” . . .
“This unfortunate circumstance has prompted me to investigate pursuing a case of discrimination, as I believe it represents a breach of a code of conduct regarding diversity and inclusion, as well as safeguarding of adults in football established by both the Football Association and the Sheffield and Hallamshire Women and Girls League,” he wrote. (Read more from “Trans Athlete Who Seriously Injured Female Player Quits Team After Opponents Refuse to Play Against Him” HERE)
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