8-Year-Old Girl’s Soccer Team DQ’d Because She “Looks Like a Boy”
Organizers at a youth soccer tournament in Nebraska have some explaining to do after they disqualified a team because one of their players “looks like a boy.”
Eight-year-old Mila Hernandez, who plays for the Omaha Azzuri Cachorros’ 11-year-old team, was left in tears after organizers disqualified her squad before the finals of the Springfield Soccer Club tournament on Sunday. The reason? Because they didn’t believe she was a girl.
Mila’s parents tried to present the tournament staff with a health insurance card to prove she’s a girl, but they were having none of it.
Mila’s father says she’s been playing in soccer tournaments for a while now and they’ve never encountered a problem like this.
Nebraska State Soccer has since released the following statement on the matter:
“While Nebraska State Soccer did not oversee the Springfield Tournament, we recognize that our core values were simply not present this past weekend at this tournament and we apologize to this young girl, her family and her soccer club for this unfortunate misunderstanding,” the statement read. “We believe that this needs to be a learning moment for everyone involved with soccer in our state and are working directly with our clubs and tournament officials to ensure that this does not happen again.”
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