The Iranian women’s team qualified for the AFC Women’s Asian Cup 2022 by defeating Jordan 4-2 on penalties after a 0-0 draw in 90 minutes. However, the Jordanian Football Association (JFA) lodged a complaint with the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) for “verify” the gender of the Iranian archer, whom they suspect is a man.
Ali Bin al-Hussein, president of the JFA, shared a letter on Twitter in which he assures that “taking into account the evidence presented and given the importance of this competition, we ask 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, in particular (given) that Iran’s women’s soccer team has a history with gender and doping issues“.
Tweet taken from Twitter account @AliBinAlHussein
The match in question took place on September 25 and was decisive to qualify for the Asian Cup to be held in the India in 2022.
Jordanians call for Iran’s victory in the match to be considered invalid.
The JFA did not reveal the identity of the player in question, but the Iranian team responded immediately to the allegations and the coach of the Iranian women’s team, Maryam Irandoost, assured that Jordan’s complaint was nothing more than “an excuse not to accept defeat”.
In addition, he specified in the media of his country that all the members of his team have been carefully examined by medical personnel and they have been tested for hormones and testosterone.
The Jordanian media have assured that the player involved in the complaint is precisely the goalkeeper who was essential in the victory by stopping one of the penalties.
Tweet taken from Twitter account @AlArabiya