A rumor spread in England that the reason for the absence of Colombian James Rodriguez, the English star of Everton, was because he took hormonal drugs to turn into a woman.
Rumors spread by “WhatsApp” users in England sparked a wave of ridicule and anger.
The Everton playmaker and the Colombian national team will miss the England team in recent weeks due to the injury he suffered in the Liverpool match on February 20.
The message also stated that the reason for Real Madrid’s disposal of the player is due to this matter, which causes him weakness in the body and thus many injuries.
The anonymous sender said in his message, which was spread on “WhatsApp” that the player decided to undergo surgery in the coming weeks to permanently transform into a woman and will not play football again.
The message was mocked in the English media, and the pioneers of popular social networking sites traded with the use of player images and manipulation to make the player appear in the form of a woman.
Some attributed it to being a heavy joke in order to overcome the boredom of the international hiatus.
On the other hand, others did not find in the message a sense of humor, and considered it insulting to transgender and gay rights, and demanded that its circulation be stopped, even if it was a joke.