Masculine-looking girl gets apology
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.