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Jordan Accuses Iran’s Women Soccer Team Player of Being a Man

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Jordan suspects Zohreh Koudaei, the Iranian goalkeeper, after its women’s team lost to the Iranian team, of being a man.

The Jordanian Football Federation has petitioned a formal complaint to the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) to request a gender verification of an Iranian player questioning whether she’s actually a woman after the Amman women’s team lost to Middle Eastern rivals.

Former FIFA vice president Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein of Jordan shared the formal complaint letter filed by the JFA dated November 5, calling on the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) to investigate the player in question.

Zohreh Koudaei defender the goal of Iran who qualified for the inaugural 2022 Women’s Asian Cup by beating Jordan on penalties 4-2 on September 25. Koudaei has been questioned over her gender status, defending herself several times in Iranian newspapers in the past.

“The widespread talk about the goalkeeper’s gender is just an excuse not to accept defeat against Iranian women,” Maryam Irandoost the coach of the Iranian women’s team, was quoted as saying in statements carried by the Iranian Fars news agency.

Iran has in the past been accused of fielding male players on its women’s national team. In 2015, eight players in the Iran women’s football team were alleged to be men awaiting gender reassignment operations.