Mara Gomez becomes 1st transgender woman to play football in Argentina

Mara Gomez becomes 1st transgender woman to play football in Argentina

- Mara Gomez, a transgender woman, has received the approval of the Argentina Football Association to play football professionally

- The transgender lady was in action in Lanus’ 7-1 loss to local club Villa San Carlos

- Gomez was also acknowledged by the club, which celebrated the occasion

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23-year-old Mara Gomez has become the first transgender woman to play the game of football in South American country Argentina. The Lanus football club striker received the approval to play and was in action in her side’s 7-1 loss to Villa San Carlos in the Primera A.

Gomez said to ESPN:

"When I started out, football was therapy for me and I couldn't think it was possible to dream or consider playing in the top division. A few years back this was unthinkable to talk about or debate but now we are opening new roads.

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"This is a huge achievement. I'm totally grateful to my club, to my teammates and coaching staff for opening the doors for me and for showing me respect from the beginning. I'm proud to represent a community but also a part of society and to know that I have become a reference for a lot of people."

Gomez thanked the AFA, which took the recommendations of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on inclusion to allow her to play professionally. The club Lanus also acknowledged the player and went ahead to commemorate the occasion. The club wrote:

"We celebrate and accompany this enormous step on the road to expanding rights. Congratulations Mara Gomez."
Mara Gomez becomes first transgender woman to play football in Argentina
Mara Gomez has been allowed as the first transgender person to play football in Argentina. Image: Daily Canon
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Meanwhile, a few days after Napoli named their stadium after legendary Diego Maradona, an Argentine senator has also proposed that the picture of the 60-year-old be put on their currency notes.

The 1986 FIFA World Cup winner passed away late last month after a suspected heart complication in his home country. His death caught so many by surprise having already started recuperating after undergoing brain surgery.

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However, Briefly.co.za earlier reported that Dalma Maradona has labelled Diego Maradona's lawyer, Matias Morla, a “chicken” following his claims that she was barred from the legend's burial rites.

The 60-year-old Argentine passed on late last month after a suspected heart complication in his home country and he was laid to rest in a private ceremony a couple of days after.

She also confirmed on social media that the family will be investigating the icon's legal representative over recent claims.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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