'I'm a woman - Iranian women's goalkeeper debunks claim she's a man and threatens to sue Jordanian for demanding a 'gender verification check'

'I'm a woman - Iranian women's goalkeeper debunks claim she's a man and threatens to sue Jordanian for demanding a 'gender verification check'



Iranian goalkeeper, Zohreh Koudaei has denied claims she's a man after Jordanian FA accused her of not being a woman.



Koudaei, 32, saved two penalties in a 4-2 shoot-out victory over Jordan in Uzbekistan on September 25, helping the Iranian women's team qualified for its first-ever Women's Asia Cup.



But after the game, Jordan's FA demanded 'a gender verification check' on Koudaei from the Asian Football Federation (AFC) over her performance.



Reacting to the claims, Koudaei today said emphatically: 'I am a woman. This is bullying from Jordan.'







'I will sue the Jordan FA,' she added, according to Turkish newspaper Hurriyet.



The Jordan FA's letter, dated November 5, cited doubts over the 'eligibility of a participating player.'



It also alleged that the Iranian women's team 'has a history with gender and doping issues', and called for 'due process' to be followed.



The President of Jordan's FA, Prince Ali bin al-Hussein, shared the letter on Saturday, calling it a 'very serious issue if true', and demanded that the AFC 'please wake up'.



A spokesman for the AFC said: 'The AFC does not comment on ongoing investigations and/or proceedings, whether actual or potential.'Latest Post
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