Female Iranian goalkeeper Zohreh Koudaei blasts "bullying" claim she is a man

Female Iranian goalkeeper Zohreh Koudaei has slammed the Jordanian FA after they accused her of being a man.

Koudaei helped Iran to their first Women's Asian Cup finals by saving two penalties in a tense 4-2 shootout win against Jordan back in September.

But Prince Ali bin al-Hussein, President of Jordan's FA, later took to Twitter posting a picture of a letter asking for a 'gender verification check' on Koudaei by the Asian Football Federation (AFC).

Al-Hussein states in his letter: "We duly acknowledge article 47 of the AFC Women's Asian Cup India 2022 Competition Regulations and understand that gender verification is not mandatory for participating players.

"However, the article reserves the right for AFC to investigate and take appropriate measures if there is doubt on the eligibility of a participating player."

Al-Hussein claims his reasoning for the requested verification check is due to previous allegations against the Woman's national team.

In 2015, Iran was accused of fielding eight male players to represent their women's team but at no point was anyone found guilty of any offences related to the allegations.

Koudaei though has vigorously denied the claims from al-Hussein and spoke with Turkish outlet Hurriyet, stating she will now be taking legal action against the Jordan FA.

She said: "I am a woman. This is bullying from Jordan. I will sue the Jordan FA."

A spokesman of the AFC said: “The AFC does not comment on ongoing investigations and/or proceedings, whether actual or potential.”

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