Girl Thrown Out of Soccer Game Because She 'Looks Like a Boy'

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When you sign your kids up to play a sport, you expect them to learn about teamwork, discipline, and good sportsmanship, and to get a good workout to boot. What you don't expect is for them to be ostracized or even disqualified over something as petty and ridiculous as their physical appearance. But, that's exactly what happened to one 8-year-old soccer player over the weekend. Mili Hernandez says her entire team was disqualified from their soccer club tournament because officials thought she looked "like a boy."

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Mili plays for the girls club team in Omaha, Nebraska, where her skills have earned her a spot on the 11-year-old roster, even though she's only 8. But this weekend, the little girl learned her talent is apparently secondary to her haircut. Because Mili has short hair, organizers at a tournament in Springfield, Nebraska, insisted she's a boy and told her team they wouldn't be allowed to play in the finals.

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Mili's dad, Gerardo Hernandez, tells WOWT 6 News the incident left his daughter crying and "in shock." He says he even showed the little girl's insurance card to tournament organizers to prove his daughter is a girl, but they wouldn't budge. Instead, they told the Hernandez family they're welcome to appeal to the Nebraska State Soccer Association, but the ruling on the field is final.

So, let me get this straight: They assumed she was a boy because of her hair (which is ridiculous in the first place), but then, even after they were corrected, they still wouldn't let Mili and her team play? Are you freaking kidding me?

Apparently I'm not the only one who thinks this decision is a steaming pile of BS. 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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Mili says the incident won't stop her from playing soccer with another club but she certainly doesn't think the decision is fair. "When my hair starts to grow I put it short because I've always had short hair," she explained to WOWT. "Just because I look like a boy doesn't mean I am a boy. They don't have a reason to kick the whole club out."

Even though Mili has a good attitude about what happened to her, it's still infuriating. Hopefully the public outcry will inspire these tournament organizers to pull their rule books out of the 1950s, because Mili and her team worked hard to get where they were. They don't deserve to be disqualified for not fitting some outdated, sexist notion of what makes someone "look like" a girl.

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