Barney Henderson at The Telegraph reports on an item about Iran’s women’s football team, in that typically passive, agent-free language that journalists use when they’re not sure, or want to obfuscate, what’s going on.
Eight of Iran’s women’s football team are actually men awaiting sex change operations, it has been claimed.
The country’s football association was accused of being “unethical” for knowingly fielding eight men in its women’s team.
“It has been claimed”; “was accused”; by whom? What are you talking about? If I were a newspaper editor I would make that against the rules. It could mean some drunk on the bus said it. It could mean anything. It’s crap journalism.
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