After a womens soccer match between Iran and Jordan, resulting in a win for Iran, Jordan accused the Iranian goalkeeper of being a man.
On September 25, Iran beat Jordan in a 4-2 shoot-out held in Uzbekistan. This qualified the Iranian team for the Women’s Asia Cup, a first for the country. Iranian player Zohreh Koudaei, 32, saved two penalties during the game, resulting in the win.
Since the game, Jordan has demanded a gender verification probe for Koudaei. Prince Ali bin al-Hussein, the president of Jordan’s FA, tweeted a letter in which he requested the gender verification check. He called the claims a “very serious issue if true”, calling on the AFC to “please wake up”.
The Jordan Football Association expressed doubts regarding the “eligibility of a participating player”, also claiming Iran’s team “has a history with gender and doping issues.” Additionally, it asked that the AFC “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.”
The manager of Iran’s team has denied the allegations, claiming Jordan is looking for an “excuse” for the loss, as they were the favorite to win.
Koudaei has responded to the claims, according to Hurriyet, a Turkish newspaper. “I am a woman. This is bullying from Jordan. I will sue the Jordan FA,” Koudaei reportedly refuted.
Maryam Irandoost, the coach for Iran’s team, spoke to Varzesh3, a sports outlet that the team had a medical staff which had “carefully examined each player on the national team in terms of hormones to avoid any problems in this regard, and so I tell all fans not to worry.”