Iran’s women’s goalkeeper is accused of being a man of the Jordan Football Association

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Jordan’s women’s national team has called for an investigation into whether the Iranian goalkeeper Zohreh Koudaei, who played against them in an Asian Cup qualifier for women, is a man.

After the match – which took place on September 25 – ended goalless, Koudaei continued to save two penalties when the inferiors secured a 4-2 victory in the penalty shootout.

But instead of accepting defeat, the president of Jordan’s FA, Prince Ali bin al-Hussein, has demanded a “gender verification check” in a letter published on social media.

Maryam Iranddost, Iran’s head coach, has vehemently denied the allegations and instead pointed the finger at Jordan – who were favorites for the match and missed the qualification for the Asian Women’s Cup as a result of the defeat – to simply look for excuses.

“The medical staff has carefully examined each player in the national team in terms of hormones to avoid problems in this regard, and so I tell all fans not to worry,” Irandoost told sports news publication Varzesh 3 on Sunday.

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15 November 2021

She added: “These accusations are just an excuse for not accepting the defeat against the Iranian women’s national team. The Jordanian team considered themselves the big favorites to qualify … and when they lost … it was natural to seek relief under false pretenses, and to avoid responsibility for this failure.

“We will provide all the documentation that the Asian Football Confederation wants without wasting time.”

The case will now be dealt with by the AFC, which issued its own kind statement in response to the dispute.

“The AFC does not comment on ongoing investigations and / or proceedings, whether real or potential,” a spokesman said.

This is not the first time that Iran has been accused of fielding male players in its women’s national team. In 2015, up to eight players were alleged to be men waiting for a gender reassignment operation, which is legal in the country.

Football is extremely popular with women in Iran, despite religion-oriented rules prohibiting them from watching matches involving men.

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