The goalkeeper of the Iranian women’s soccer team has vowed to sue the ‘intimidation’ of the Jordanian FA after they accused her of being a man.
32-year-old Zohreh Koudaei saved two penalties in a 4-2 penalty shootout victory over Jordan in Uzbekistan on September 25, which meant that the Iranian women’s team qualified for their first Women’s Asian Cup.
But after the match, the Jordanian Soccer Federation demanded “a gender verification check” from Koudaei of the Asian Soccer Federation (AFC).
Koudaei said today emphatically: ‘I am a woman. This is intimidation from Jordan. ‘
“ I will sue the Jordanian FA, ” he added, according to the Turkish newspaper. Hurriyet.
Zohreh Koudaei, 32, said today emphatically: ‘I am a woman. This is intimidation from Jordan. ‘ “I will sue the Jordanian Football Federation,” he added, according to the Turkish newspaper Hurriyet.
Koudaei pounced on the ball during the game against fierce rivals Jordan in September
Iran’s national women’s soccer team has been accused by rivals Jordan of playing a man as a goalkeeper (pictured: Iranian goalkeeper Zohreh Koudaei) during an Asian Cup qualifying match.
Koudaei makes an impressive save against the Jordanian player in the match in Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Koudaei celebrates by lifting one of her teammates after a 4-2 penalty shootout win in Tashkent
Jordan FA’s letter, dated November 5, cited concerns about the ‘eligibility of a participating player’.
She also claimed that the Iranian women’s team “has a history with gender and doping issues”, and called for “due process” to be followed.
Jordanian FA Chairman Prince Ali bin al-Hussein shared the letter on Saturday, calling it “a very serious problem if true” and demanding that the AFC “wake up, please.”
An AFC spokesperson said: “The AFC does not comment on ongoing investigations and / or proceedings, whether actual or potential.”
The Iranian team manager denied the allegations, claiming that the Jordanian team, who were big favorites, were looking for an “excuse” to lose the match.
The coach of the Iran team, Maryam Irandoost, told the sports news site Varzesh3 on Sunday: “ The medical staff have carefully examined each player of the national team in terms of hormones to avoid any problems in this regard, so I tell all the fans not to worry. ‘
Koudaei has faced questions in the past about her gender, Saudi broadcaster Al Arabiya reported.
The archer has also defended herself several times in Iranian newspapers in the past.
Koudaei’s penalty saves earned Iran its first Asian Women’s Cup appearance
The coach said that Koudaei had previously represented her country in the Asian Cup qualifiers in 2008 and 2010.
“We will provide all the documentation the Asian Football Confederation wants without wasting time,” he added.
Irandoost said the indictment was being used to cover up the loss of Jordan.
“These accusations are just an excuse not to accept defeat against the Iranian women’s national team,” she said.
“The Jordanian team was considered the big favorite to qualify … and when they lost … it was natural to seek relief under false pretenses and escape responsibility for this failure.”
JFA President Prince Ali Bin Al-Hussein, who is also a former FIFA presidential candidate, called on the AFC to ‘wake up please’
Jordanian Football Federation President Prince Ali bin al-Hussein tweeted a letter ‘requesting a gender verification check’ on Koudaei from the Asian Football Federation (AFC).
The Jordanian Football Association letter to the Asian Football Confederation ‘requesting a gender verification’ for a player of the Iranian Women’s National Team
Soccer is immensely popular with women in Iran despite strict Islamic law that prohibits them from watching matches between men.
The Iranian national team has previously been accused of including men in the national soccer team.
In 2015, up to eight players on the team were alleged to be men awaiting gender surgery.
The Iranian Football Federation had previously said that it would conduct random medical tests to verify the sex of its players.
Sex change operations have been legal in the country since the mid-1980s, when the late Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini issued a religious ruling that gave them the green light.
The ayatollah was moved by the story of Maryam Khatoon Molkara, who met him and described how she had been admitted to a mental hospital and forcibly injected with male hormones.
In 2015, up to eight players on the team were alleged to be men awaiting gender surgery (this image of the team went viral at the time)
Khomeini issued a decree that legalizes sex change operations and protects the rights of trans people.
The legality of the sex change procedures contrasts with the country’s strict laws regarding sexual morality under the nation’s Sharia code, which prohibits homosexuality and premarital sex.
Tehran has been considered one of the world’s centers of gender reassignment operations and there are no legal barriers for trans people in the country.
The government even helps with money for hormone therapy and surgery for those who want it.
The AFC Women’s Asian Cup 2022 will kick off in India in January.