Jordan has called on the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) to launch an investigation to determine the gender of a goalkeeper on the Iranian women’s football team.

The footballer, who played in goal, helped Iran defeat Jordan in penalties, securing their spot in the 2022 AFC Women’s Asia Cup.

“Considering the evidence submitted by JFA and given the importance of this competition, we request 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,” Prince Ali posted on Twitter.

Hussein described it as “a very serious issue if true”, and called on the AFC to “please wake up”

The letter also claimed Iran has a history of “gender and doping issues”.

The serious accusations come not long after Iran beat Jordan in a penalty shootout in their 2022 Women’s Asian Cup qualifier back in September.

“The 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,” Maryam Irandoost told Varzesh3.

She added: “These allegations are just an excuse not to accept the defeat against the Iranian women’s national team.

The Asian Cup women’s soccer tournament will start in January 2022 in India.


  • Mehr Ali is a Journalist, photographer, and football player.