An Iranian woman football player, known as Lady Goal, has reportedly been banned from attending an international tournament by her husband.
Niloufar Ardalan, 30, will not travel with her teammates to the Asian Football Federation Women's Futsal Championship because her husband is said to be refusing to let her leave the country.
Under Islamic law, the married Iranian captain requires permission from her husband, sports journalist Mehdi Toutounchi, to get her passport renewed.
He has reportedly refused, because he wants his wife to be at home for their seven-year-old son's first day at school, according to Fox News.
'My husband didn't give me my passport so that I can (take part) in the games, and because of his opposition to my travel abroad, I [will] miss the matches.' Ardalan told Nasimonline.
'I wish authorities would create (a solution) that would allow female athletes to defend their rights in such situations.
Ardalan had been due to travel with the team to Nilali in Malaysia for the six day competition, which starts on Monday.
It was claimed she had participated in weeks of training ahead of the tournament and is now calling for sportswomen to be exempt from the law.
'As a Muslim woman, I wanted to work for my country's flag to be raised (at the games), rather than traveling for leisure and fun,' she reportedly added.
The dispute was said to have sparked a debate in Iran, with many describing it as a family issue, which they claimed should have been kept private.
Mr Toutounchi was said not to have responded publicly to his wife's comments, according to Iranian media.
|Disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are those of the writers and do not reflect those of Peacefmonline.com. Peacefmonline.com accepts no responsibility legal or otherwise for their accuracy of content. Please report any inappropriate content to us, and we will evaluate it as a matter of priority.|