Soccer Tournament Bans 8-Year-Old Girl's Team Because She Looked Like A Boy

 

Mili Hernandez is one of the best players on her team and according to her parents was disqualified from a Nebraska soccer tournament because the organizers thought she was a boy.

Hernandez' parents said that they even showed the organizers her insurance card to prove that their daughter is a girl, who wears her hair short.  Despite trying to show the officials her insurance card Mili's parents claim that they didn't want to take it.

"Just because I look like a boy doesn't mean I am a boy," Mili Hernandez told local TV station WOWT 6. "They don't have a reason to kick the whole club out."

Mili's father, Gerardo Hernandez, said his daughter "was in shock. She was crying after they told us ... They made her cry."

"I was mad. I never had that problem before. She's been playing so long in different tournaments," Gerardo Hernandez told The Washington Post. "I don't want no problems with nobody, but that wasn't the right way to treat people."

After hearing Mili's story, U.S. soccer legends Mia Hamm and Abby Wambach showed their support on Twitter. Hamm invited Mili to her soccer academy, and Wambach sent her a message.

While Mili hasn't been able to appeal her disqualification just yet, the Nebraska State Soccer Association did condemn the actions against Mili in a statement released on Monday night.

"While Nebraska State Soccer did not oversee the Springfield Tournament, we recognize that our core values were simply not present this past weekend at this tournament and we apologize to this young girl, her family and her soccer club for this unfortunate misunderstanding," the statement read. "We believe that this needs to be a learning moment for everyone involved with soccer in our state and are working directly with our clubs and tournament officials to ensure that this does not happen again."

 
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