The president of the Jordan Football Association (JFA) has requested that the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) conduct a gender test on Zohreh Koudaei, an Iranian women’s goalkeeper.
In September, Iran defeated Jordan 4-2 on penalties, with Koudaei stopping two penalty kicks to enable her country qualify for the 2022 Women’s Asia Cup for the first time.
The JFA, on the other hand, has doubts about a player’s ‘eligibility to participate,’ and has demanded a gender test on the shot-stopper. They believe Koudaei was a man who claimed to be a woman.
Iran’s team selector, Maryam Irandoost, has categorically denied the allegations.
“The medical staff has carefully analyzed each player on the national team in terms of hormones to avoid any complications in this area,” Irandoost told sports news site Varzesh3, “and so I encourage all supporters not to worry.”
“Without wasting time, we will give whatever documentation requested by the Asian Confederation of Football.”
It comes after Jordan Football Association President Prince Ali Bin Al-Hussein tweeted a letter requesting a gender test.
He urged the AFC for the’very serious issue,’ and asked the association to ‘wake up.’
The JFA has asked for an investigation by a “independent team of medical experts.”
“Understand that gender verification is not necessary for participating players,” the letter says, “but the article reserves the authority for AFC to investigate and take appropriate steps if there is a doubt about a participating player’s eligibility.”
“Considering the evidence submitted by JFA and given the importance of the competition, “We request the 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”, “Particularly that the Iranian Women Football team has a history with gender and doping issues.”