Niloufar Ardalan to miss Asian Cup
Iran look set to be without their captain, Niloufar Ardalan, when the Asian Cup kick offs on Thursday.
Ardalan was prevented from flying out to Malaysia, where the tournament holds, after her husband seized her passport.
Her husband reportedly doesn’t want her to travel, and according to Iranian law, husbands have the right to prevent their wives from travelling.
Ardalan is trying to fight the law, posting on Instagram, “I am only a national soldier who fights to raise the flag of our country.”
According to Ardalan, her husband doesn’t want her to travel so that she doesn’t miss their child’s first day at school.
“But my husband didn’t give me my passport so that I can [participate] in the games, and because of his opposition to my travel abroad, I [will] miss the matches,” Ardalan said in an interview.