‘I am a lady. This is bullying’: Iran women’s goalkeeper denies claim she is a MAN

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The goalkeeper for the Iranian women’s soccer group has vowed to sue the ‘bullying’ Jordanian FA after they accused her of being a man. 

Zohreh Koudaei, 32, saved two penalties in a 4-2 shoot-out victory over Jordan in Uzbekistan on September 25, which means the Iranian women’s group certified for its first ever Women’s Asia Cup.

But after the sport Jordan’s FA demanded ‘a gender verification examine’ on Koudaei from the Asian Football Federation (AFC).

Koudaei at this time stated emphatically: ‘I am a lady. This is bullying from Jordan.’

‘I’ll sue the Jordan FA,’ she added, in keeping with Turkish newspaper Hurriyet. 

Zohreh Koudaei, 32, at this time stated emphatically: ‘I am a lady. This is bullying from Jordan.’ ‘I’ll sue the Jordan Football Federation,’ she added, in keeping with Turkish newspaper Hurriyet .

Koudaei pounces on the ball through the match in opposition to fierce rivals Jordan in September

Iran’s nationwide women’s soccer group have been accused by rivals Jordan of taking part in a man as a goalkeeper (pictured: Iran keeper Zohreh Koudaei) throughout an Asian Cup qualifier 

Koudaei makes a gorgeous save in opposition to the Jordanian participant on the match in Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Koudaei celebrates by lifting up one in all her teammates following the 4-2 shoot-out victory in Tashkent 

The Jordan FA’s letter, dated November 5, cited doubts over the ‘eligibility of a collaborating participant.’

It additionally alleged that the Iranian women’s group ‘has a historical past with gender and doping points’, and referred to as for ‘due course of’ to be adopted.

The President of Jordan’s FA, Prince Ali bin al-Hussein, shared the letter on Saturday, calling it a ‘very severe concern if true’, and demanding that the AFC ‘please get up’.

A spokesman for the AFC stated: ‘The AFC doesn’t touch upon ongoing investigations and/or proceedings, whether or not precise or potential.’ 

The Iranian group supervisor denied the allegations, claiming that the Jordanian group, who had been heavy favourites, had been in search of an ‘excuse’ for shedding the match. 

Iran’s group coach, Maryam Irandoost, advised sports activities information web site Varzesh3 on Sunday: ‘The medical employees have rigorously examined every participant on the nationwide group by way of hormones to keep away from any issues on this regard, and so I inform all followers to not fear.’

Koudaei has confronted questions prior to now over her gender, as reported by Saudi broadcaster Al Arabiya

The goalkeeper has additionally defended herself a number of instances in Iranian newspapers prior to now

Koudaei’s penalty saves earned Iran their first ever look on the Women’s Asian Cup

The coach stated that Koudaei had beforehand represented her nation in Asian Cup qualifiers in 2008 and 2010. 

‘We will present any documentation that the Asian Confederation of Football needs with out losing time,’ she added. 

Irandoost stated the accusation was getting used to cover up for Jordan’s loss.

‘These allegations are simply an excuse to not settle for the defeat in opposition to the Iranian women’s nationwide group,’ she stated.

‘The Jordanian group thought-about themselves the large favorite to qualify… and once they lost… it was pure to hunt aid underneath false pretences and to flee accountability for this failure.’ 

The president of the JFA, Prince Ali Bin Al-Hussein who is additionally a former candidate for the FIFA presidency, referred to as on the AFC to ‘please get up’

The President of Jordan’s FA, Prince Ali bin al-Hussein, tweeted a letter ‘requesting a gender verification examine’ on Koudaei from the Asian Football Federation (AFC).

The letter from the Jordan Football Association to the Asian Football Confederation ‘requesting a gender verification examine’ for a participant within the Iranian Women National Team 

Football is immensely in style with ladies in Iran regardless of hardline Islamic legislation which bans them from watching matches between males. 

The Iranian nationwide group has beforehand been accused of fielding males within the nationwide soccer group.

In 2015, as much as eight gamers within the squad had been alleged to be males awaiting gender surgical procedure.

The Iranian Football Federation had beforehand stated it could herald random medical testing to examine the gender of its gamers.   

Sex change operations have been authorized within the nation because the mid-Nineteen Eighties, when the late Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini issued a non secular ruling giving them the go-ahead.

The Ayatollah had been moved by the story of Maryam Khatoon Molkara who met him and described how she had been put in a psychological hospital and forcibly injected with male hormones. 

In 2015, as much as eight gamers within the squad had been alleged to be males awaiting gender surgical procedure (this image of the group went viral on the time)

Khomeini issued a decree making intercourse change operations authorized and defending the rights of trans individuals. 

The legality of intercourse change procedures contrasts with the nation’s in any other case strict legal guidelines concerning sexual morality underneath the nation’s Sharia code, which forbids homosexuality and pre-marital intercourse.

Tehran has been dubbed one of many world’s hub’s for gender reassignment operations and there are not any authorized obstacles for trans individuals within the nation.

The authorities even helps with money in direction of hormone remedy and surgical procedure for many who need it.  

The 2022 AFC Women’s Asian Cup is set to kick off in India in January.