Nebraska Girl Banned From Soccer Tournament Because She "Looks Like A Boy"

Abby Wambach Mia Hamm support girl after disqualification

Abby Wambach Mia Hamm support girl after disqualification

As for Mili's short hair, she likes it that way.

Tournament organizers insisted Mili, who prefers to keep her hair short, was a boy - and they could not be persuaded otherwise. "I didn't like my hair long", she told WOWT news. Her dad couldn't be more proud.

She said, "Just because I can't play here, there's other tournaments that I can play".

Mili Hernandez was supposed to be worrying about playing in the finals of a youth soccer tournament over the weekend with girls three years older. But on Sunday, before taking the field, she and her team were suddenly disqualified because Springfield soccer organizers believed her to be a boy. "They told us the thing was decided". They don't deserve to be disqualified for not fitting some outdated, sexist notion of what makes someone "look like" a girl. It was a decision Mili simply couldn't understand.

"Just because I look like a boy doesn't mean I am a boy, but they don't have a reason to kick out the whole team", she said.

Mili's family claims they showed her insurance card to tournament organizers in an effort to prove she's a girl. He also said they're working on fixing their software so mistakes like this don't happen again.

Mili says the incident won't stop her from playing soccer with another club but she certainly doesn't think the decision is fair.

"Mili, don't EVER let anyone tell you that you aren't ideal just as you are". A separate form accurately listed her as a girl, he said, but the uncertainty was enough for someone to complain Cachorros had a boy on their roster. On the WOWT Facebook page, hundreds of people chimed in to express their frustration and school this soccer club on the fact that, yes, girls can have short hair too.

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