Trans women banned from playing in Vietnamese football tournament

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Transgender women have been banned from participating in the National Women’s Football Championship in Vietnam.

The announcement of the ban was made by the Vietnam Football Federation this week.

Duong Nghiep Khoi, vice secretary of the federation on Thursday said: “The national championship is exclusively for women, so transsexuals will not be allowed,

“This regulation is to ensure fair competition and for the development of Vietnam women’s football,” Khoi continued.

The championship takes place this year, and features seven teams who will place one another in two legs this spring and summer.

The first leg takes place from 5-26 March and the second from 21 June to 12 July.

The winning team of the competition wins VND$300 million (£9,000), and the runner up wins VND$200 million (£6,000). Individual awards are given to a number of players for a range of attributes.