Published: Tue, June 06, 2017
Local | By Adrian Hale

Hamm extends invitation to girl humiliated at youth tournament

She told the local NBC affiliate, "When my hair starts to grow I cut it short because I've always had short hair. "It's what she likes", Gerardo Hernandez said". Her father, Gerardo Hernandez, couldn't be more proud.

An 8-year-old girl from Nebraska was barred from playing in the finals for the Springfield Soccer Club's girls tournament as organizers for the event insisted she was a boy.

Mili's boyish appearance is partially due to her short hair style, which Mili says she prefers. After a follow-up question, she added that the decision made her feel "not happy".

Mili's family tried coming to her rescue, pointing to the birth gender on her insurance card in an effort to change the organizers' minds, but they wouldn't budge.

A Nebraska family says they're angry over the way a soccer tournament treated their eight-year-old daughter's team, according to CNN.

"Just because I look like a boy doesn't mean I am a boy", Hernandez told WOWT. He said her full first name is Milagros and that Mili is a nickname she's had since she was a baby.

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 didn't want to listen", said her brother, Cruz Hernandez. But on Sunday, before taking the field, she and her team were suddenly disqualified because Springfield soccer organizers believed her to be a boy. Milly is a great player and that can not be because she is simply a talented female athlete it has to be because she is possibly a boy and cheating.

The family could appeal the disqualification to the Nebraska State Soccer Association. "She was crying. They made her cry", Hernandez said. The team's coach said Mili's squad won two of the three games it played Friday and Saturday.

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