The captain of the Iranian women’s soccer team Niloufar Ardalan will miss the Asian Cup tournament because her husband has confiscated her passport in a domestic quarrel, according to reports.
The Iranian news website fararu.com reported Monday that the 30-year-old midfielder would miss the tournament as her husband didn’t want her to travel abroad. Under Iranian law, husbands can stop their wives from traveling outside of the country.
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On Tuesday, Ardalan posted a message on her Instagram account saying she wanted Iranian law changed to allow women to travel without their husband’s consent. She wrote: “I am only a national soldier who fights to raise the flag of our country.”
Ardalan is the captain of the Iranian national soccer team. The women’s Asian Cup begins Thursday in Malayasia.