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South Korean player in gender row


South Korean player in gender row


Park Eun-seon scored 19 goals in 22 games to help the Seoul City Amazones to a second-place finish in the WK-League this season.

But such was her dominant and prolific goal-scoring campaign, six of the other seven teams in South Korea’s top level women’s football league are reportedly threatening to boycott next season unless she undergoes a gender test.

The Seoul Sport’s Council said it would only consider the idea of a gender test if football’s world governing body FIFA demanded it.

Secretary General of the council Kim Joon-Soo said: “We have no intention of accepting the gender verification test just to stop the boycott, but if it is needed for Park to compete in an international game and under specific regulations of FIFA, we will consider it.”

It has emerged this is not the first time the 26-year’s gender has come into question.

China reportedly raised the subject ahead of the 2010 Asian Cup although the South Korean FA say Park – who has won 19 international caps and participated in the 2003 women’s World Cup and 2004 Olympics – took and passed a gender test when she was 15.

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