Mas­cu­line-look­ing girl gets apol­ogy

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LIN­COLN | The Ne­braska State Soc­cer As­so­ci­a­tion apol­o­gized to an 8-year-old girl who said her team was dis­qual­i­fied from a youth soc­cer tour­na­ment be­cause she looks like a boy.

Omaha’s Az­zuri Ca­chor­ros girls club soc­cer team had ad­vanced to a Spring­field tour­na­ment’s semi­fi­nals when it was sud­denly dis­qual­i­fied over the week­end.

Mili Her­nan­dez told Omaha’s WOWT-TV that tour­na­ment or­ga­niz­ers thought she was a boy be­cause of her short hair.

“Just be­cause I look like a boy doesn’t mean I am a boy,” Mili told the tele­vi­sion sta­tion. “They don’t have a rea­son to kick the whole club out.”

The Ne­braska State Soc­cer As­so­ci­a­tion said in a state­ment late Mon­day that the Spring­field soc­cer club’s de­ci­sion to dis­qual­ify Mili’s team does not rep­re­sent the as­so­ci­a­tion’s core val­ues of team­work and in­clu­sion. The Spring­field club told WOWT that a mis­print in the team’s ros­ter iden­ti­fied Mili as a boy. Her fam­ily brought sev­eral forms of iden­ti­fi­ca­tion, in­clud­ing her in­surance card and a doc­tor’s phys­i­cal form, to prove she’s a girl, but the team was still dis­qual­i­fied.

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