A schoolgirl has voiced her horror after being called a "lesbian" and told she cannot play football because it is a ‘boy’s sport’.
Teenager Darcie, dreams of becoming a professional footballer but said she has been told she must instead play hockey and netball.
She has called for attitudes to change, and education experts have voiced their horror over the "stereotyping".
The 13-year-old has been playing football since she was eight, but claims PE teachers are now blocking her way.
The schoolgirl, from Cwmbran in Torfaen, Wales, told the BBC she has endured cruel jibes from the sidelines.
She said: "They have criticised me a lot by saying I’m a man or a lesbian."
And Darcie continued: "I ask my PE teachers if I can play football, can I do that as a recommended sport and they say no because it is a boy’s sport.
"I think it is wrong that people criticise girls for playing football because it is something they want to do and they love."
She has vowed to continue playing football, despite parents who shout things like "don’t get tackled by a girl" when she plays.
The Children’s Commissioner for Wales, Sally Holland, told the BBC that the stereotyping was "depressing".
And the National Education Union has described Darcie’s experience as "unacceptable".
The Welsh Government has clarified that there are no guidelines in place dictating what sports boys and girls can play.
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