Jordan has asked the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) to open an investigation to verify the gender of a player on an Iranian soccer team.
On September 25, Iran qualified for the 2022 Asian Cup for the first time in its history, after winning 4-2 on penalties after a goalless draw with Jordan.
Iranian goalkeeper Zahra Kadi made the difference by saving two kicks from the penalty spot.
However, on Sunday, Prince Ali bin Al Hussein, president of the Jordan Football Association, tweeted a November 5 message “requesting gender verification” on the Iranian goalkeeper, noting that the player was a man disguised as a woman.
Iran denied the allegations and said it was ready to submit documents to the Asian Football Confederation.
Mr Hussain said this was a “very serious issue if true” and called on the AFC to “please wake up”.
The letter claimed that “the Iranian women’s soccer team has a history of gender issues and doping.”
In 2015, the Iranian team was accused of behaving unethically after eight of the team’s members were allegedly men.
In 2014, the state introduced randomized gender testing of its players after it was found that four men playing on the women’s team who had not completed sex change operations.
Despite Iranian laws based on Islamic law, sex change operations are said to be legal and common.
Iran national football team’s national team member, Maryam Irandost, said fans of the soccer team have nothing to worry about.
“The medical staff carefully examined every player in the national team in terms of hormones to avoid any problems in this regard,” she told sports news site Varsic3.
“We will provide any documents the AFC desires without wasting time.”
The 2022 AFC Women’s Asian Cup will be held in India in January