After losing to Iran in a Women’s Asian Cup qualifier, Jordan has demanded a gender test.
The Jordan Football Association (JFA) has requested that the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) investigate the gender of an Iranian football player, the New York Post reported.
In response to the JFA’s request for a “gender verification check,” Zohreh Koudaei, 32, has responded.
“I will sue the Jordan FA,” Koudaei said according to Turkish newspaper Hurriyet. “I am a woman. This is bullying from Jordan.”
The allegation came after Iran qualified for the 2022 Women’s Asian Cup for the first time in its history on Sept. 25, after a 4-2 penalty shootout victory over Jordan following a goalless draw.
The JFA reportedly addressed the Asian Football Federation (AFC) after the game to inquire about Koudaei’s gender.
In a letter dated Nov. 5, the JFA requested for 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.”
The letter also claimed that the “Iranian Women Football team has a history with gender and doping issues.”
In a tweet on Saturday, JFA President Prince Ali bin al-Hussein addressed the letter, calling the claims a “very serious issue if true.” He also asked the AFC to “wake up.”
Iran has denied the accusations and stated that it is willing to give the AFC documentation.
A spokesman for the AFC later stated, “The AFC does not comment on ongoing investigations and/or proceedings, whether actual or potential.”
Iran’s coach, Maryam Irandoost, informed Varzesh3 (via Hurriyet) that the team’s medical staff has “carefully examined each player on the national team in terms of hormones to avoid any problems in this regard, and so I tell all fans not to worry.”