After Losing to Iran, Jordan Claims Goalie on Women's Soccer Team Is a Man

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An Iranian woman cheers at a soccer match between Portugal and Iran at Azadi Stadium, June 25, 2018.
An Iranian woman cheers at a soccer match between Portugal and Iran at Azadi Stadium, June 25, 2018.Credit: AFP

Jordan's soccer authority accused on Sunday an Iranian soccer player of being a man in disguise, after its national team lost to Iran in a Woman's Asia Cup qualifier match in September.

The Jordan Football Federation, which governs professional soccer in the country, took the unusual step of filing a complaint with the Asian Football Confederation over suspicions that the Iranian team's goalie who played in the match was really a man.

The Jordanians are asking that Iran's victory in the match, which Jordan lost on penalty kicks, be deemed invalid.

"Considering the evidence submitted by [the Jordan Football Association] and given the importance of this competition, we request the [Asian Football Confederation] 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 secretary general of the Jordan Football Association wrote in a letter dated November 5, adding that the Iranian women's soccer team "has a history with gender and doping issues."

After the game initially ended in a tie, the Iranians won in a penalty shootout, earning a berth in the Asia Cup competition in India at the beginning of next year. Iran's goalie intercepted two Jordanian kicks.

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