Tournament organizers insisted Mili, who prefers to keep her hair short, was a boy - and they could not be persuaded otherwise.
Before kickoff Sunday, Mili and her Azzurri Cachorros teammates learned organizers of the Springfield Soccer Club girls tournament were denying them a chance at the title due to their doubts over whether Mili is a girl.
In fact, she is only 8-years-old but was so good on the pitch that team leaders moved her to the 11-year-old roster.
An eight-year-old girl was disqualified from her soccer tournament over the weekend because she "looks like a boy". As part of an official statement, officials said, "Nebraska State Soccer does not run the tournament, nor is it involved in any of the decisions the tournament makes with regards to rules, players, or teams". Tournament organizers say that's not the case.
Mili's dad, Gerardo Hernandez, tells WOWT 6 News the incident left his daughter crying and "in shock". Her parents said they proved her gender, but it wasn't enough.
"They didn't want to listen", added Mili's brother, Cruz. Mili's family believes the team was disqualified because of the way Mili looks.
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? "They don't have a reason to kick the whole club out", Hernandez pointed out with logic so simple even a referee can understand.
Soccer legend Mia Hamm also reached out to Mili with an invitation to her camp.
As a result, the team did not play on Sunday in a game that would send the victor to the tournament semifinals, Farivari said. Her skill on the soccer field? She's been playing so long in different tournaments.
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