Row over transgender women dominating female soccer leagues takes dramatic turn as trans activists push for football campaigner to be charged with hate crimes
- American-born trans female dominating seniors comp
- Claims players were injured during weekend match
- Football NSW hit with thousands of written complaints
- Competition now aims to ‘train parents’ on trans issues
- Police complaints made against anti-trans campaigner
A woman who has become the face of outrage over a trans woman’s domination of a female soccer league is being investigated by police over alleged hate crimes.
Anti-trans campaigner Kirralie Smith told Daily Mail Australia on Tuesday she had been forced to seek legal advice after becoming aware trans activists were looking to have NSW Police pin hate crimes on her.
Ms Smith caused a furore among trans lobbyists last week when she hit social media with claims a trans woman playing in Football NSW’s League One Women’s 1st Grade had injured multiple players.
Anti-trans campaigner Kirralie Smith is preparing to fight allegations she committed ‘hate crimes’ by her online comments about a trans soccer player
Angry parents fed-up with a trans woman’s domination of a female soccer league are campaigning for the competition to ban transgender women from female soccer teams
‘Binary is seeking legal advice. Our organisation has not been informed of any legal actions alleged by the ABC. Frivolous AVO’s have been sought against me which I will vigorously defend,’ she told Daily Mail Australia.
The trans woman, who Daily Mail Australia has chosen not to name, is currently leading the league’s goal kickers table, with seven goals.
On Monday night, it was reported by ABC Sport that an investigation into Ms Smith was underway amid allegations she had used multiple online platforms to ‘organise the harassment and abuse of women players and footballing organisations, including Football NSW and Football Australia’.
Ms Smith told Daily Mail Australia her supporters had sent 12,000 emails to ‘a variety of peak bodies’ within Australia, including 2000 directly aimed at Football Australia.
On Friday, Football Australia announced its ‘High Performance Inclusion Policy’ after reports emerged that parents were campaigning for the New South Wales competition to ban transgender women from female soccer teams.
The league was forced into action amid allegations the trans athlete injured females from an opposing side in a match two weekends ago.
ABC Sport claimed at least five complaints have been filed with NSW Police on behalf of different people, including two that have resulted in apprehended violence orders.
At least two complaints are being formally investigated by Hate Crimes NSW, while further alleged instances could be brought forward and considered under Australia’s anti-discrimination, vilification, and cyber-crime laws, it reported.
Sources have told ABC Sport that other registered football participants (including players, coaches, and officials) who have ‘commented, shared, or contributed to discriminatory posts on social media platforms’ would be investigated by the appropriate football authorities.
Punishments could include suspension from competitions as well as ‘possible police charges’, it stated.
Anti-trans campaigner Kirralie Smith and her supporters have bombarded Football Australia with complaints about trans women playing the sport in female leagues
Anti-trans campaigner Kirralie Smith’s Facebook post caused a firestorm of controversy
The trans woman is an active member of her community and came to Australia from the United States
WHO IS KIRRALIE SMITH?
Ms Smith is the director of anti-trans lobby group Binary Australia.
She was previously the director of anti-marriage equality group Marriage Alliance before it rebranded to Binary Australia following the 2017 postal vote survey.
She caused outrage in the Muslim community in 2017 when she lashed out at Woolworths in a tweet.
‘Woolworths promoting Ramadan – also known as the month of jihad. Making a buck from promoting a barbaric, cruel & oppressive ideology,’ she captioned a photo wishing shoppers ‘Happy Ramadan’.
The photo was actually taken inside Coles.
Ms Smith ran as a Senate candidate with the right-wing Australian Liberty Alliance in 2016. before joining Liberal defector Cory Bernardi’s Australian Conservatives party.
Ms Smith’s online campaign to have supporters bombard Football Australia with emails has since been deleted.
In a March 31 twitter post by Ms Smith, which received 259 likes, she again called out the league for failing to address the issue.
‘Why has Football Australia ignored thousands of emails raising concerns about males in the female league? We warned there would be injuries & that it was unfair. A male has claimed top spot on the goal scoring leaderboard & claims girls have been injured,’ she tweeted.
Just hours later, Football Australia put out a media release announcing its plans to make soccer ‘the most multicultural, diverse, and inclusive sport in Australia’.
The policy will see Football Australia deliver LGBTQI+ training and support resources to the football community through its partnership with Pride in Sport.
‘The aim of this training will be to provide the Australian Football community with a greater understanding of the lived experience of LGBTQI+ communities and their participation in sport,’ the statement read.
Days earlier, Ms Smith highlighted a trans campaign to cancel her for speaking out about the ongoing issues.
‘For raising our legitimate concerns we get abused, cancelled and threatened by police. Males who appropriate womanhood and their handmaidens must be so proud of themselves,’ she stated.
Parents and players are concerned the trans woman has a greater advantage
The trans woman is a top goal scorer in the competition
‘Moira Deeming has been suspended from the Vic Libs after being falsely smeared as a Nazi and for attending Let Women Speak. I attended two events and heard heart breaking stories from women. The only violence and harassment came from the activists and their mates.
‘Take note: 2023 – the year women are silenced, cancelled, bullied, threatened and injured for defending female sex-based services and spaces. SHAME on all who defend such violence and misogyny. YOU make me sick.’
It is understood at least five trans women actively participate in the league across New South Wales.
A Facebook page dedicated to discussing the NPL league blew-up about the issue last week and continues to be bombarded with posts slamming the league’s decision.
Football Australia has established a Football Working Group responsible for crafting its trans policy and making recommendations for Football Australia approval prior to the FIFA Women’s World Cup.
The working group will include representatives from ‘Football Australia, Professional Footballers Australia, Australian Professional Leagues, and state Member Federations’.
The group will collaborate with the Australian Sports Commission and several specialists and medical experts to ensure the policy ‘is based on objective and relevant information, data, and criteria’.
‘The current position of Football Australia pending the FWG policy development and Football Australia review, remains to allow all players to participate in the competition which best represents their gender identity,’ it stated.
HOW THE WORLD GAME IS TACKLING TRANS ISSUES
Last year, world soccer’s governing body FIFA and World Athletics said they were reviewing their transgender eligibility policies after swimming passed new rules that restricted transgender participation in women’s events.
However reports from earlier this year suggested transgender footballers would compete at the FIFA Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand this July and August.
FIFA women’s program director Sarai Bareman told The Australian in January three transgender players had contacted her about the review process and that she believed there were others.
‘I think it’s very sensitive, and we need to be very careful about how we deal with it. That’s something we’re taking very, very seriously.
‘And we certainly don’t want to rush it (the decision on new rules), given the impact that it will have for many generations to come,’ she said.
Ms Bareman said FIFA had been consulting various groups including human rights groups, non-government organisations, athletes and other sports as well as the International Olympic Committee.
‘We have to be very careful as you know, we have 211 member associations and essentially what we do seem to blueprint for those member associations, which is why the consultation process is very extensive and we will take our time to ensure that we get it right,” she said.
The Australian Human Rights Commission shared guidelines about the the inclusion of transgender people in sport in 2019, noting that ‘transgender and gender diverse people are sometimes excluded from sport, or may experience discrimination and sexual harassment when they do participate.
‘While some reported positive experiences of inclusion, others described how they had been excluded from the sports they loved because of their sex or gender identity.
‘Some spoke of disengaging from sport during their transition journey because of their concern about how their team mates would treat them.’
The Australian Professional Association for Trans Health did not respond to Daily Mail Australia’s inquiry.
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