HERE’S THE SCOOP:
- The Jordan Football Association accused the goalie of the Iranian women’s team of being a man.
- The JFA issued a “gender verification request” for Zohreh Koudaei, who denied the accusation.
- “I am a woman. This is bullying from Jordan,” Koudaei said.
The goalie of a women’s soccer team stands accused of being a man.
The Jordan Football Association (JFA) accused Zohreh Koudaei, the goalie of the Iran women’s soccer team, of being a man.
The allegation came after Iran defeated Jordan on Sept. 25 to qualify for its first-ever Women’s Asia Cup. Koudaei was pivotal in the match, saving two penalties in the 4-2 shootout victory.
After the game, the JFA reportedly approached the Asian Football Federation (AFC) about Koudaei’s gender.
An Iranian team manager said the Jordanian team was looking for an “excuse” after losing the match.
In a letter dated Nov. 5, the JFA claimed Iran’s team “has a history with gender and doping issues.” The JFA implored the Asian Football Club (AFC) to “initiate a transparent and clear investigation by a panel of independent medical experts to investigate the eligibility of the player in question and others on the team.”
JFA president Ali Al Hussein tweeted an image of the organization’s “request for gender verification” alongside a caption. “Please wake up [AFC],” he wrote.
“I will sue the Jordan FA,” Koudaei said. “I am a woman. This is bullying from Jordan.”
Iran’s coach, Maryam Irandoost, said the team’s medical staff has “carefully examined each player on the national team in terms of hormones to avoid any problems in this regard.”
“I tell all fans not to worry,” she added.
“The AFC does not comment on ongoing investigations and/or proceedings, whether actual or potential,” a spokesman told The Daily Mail.
The 2022 AFC Women’s Asian Cup kicks off in January in India.
Source: Daily Mail