US soccer greats cheer Nebraska girl barred after mistaken as boy

Solenn Plantier
Juin 7, 2017

A Nebraska family said they are outraged after their 8-year-old daughter and her soccer team were booted from a tournament.

Mili's coach, Mario Fuentes says that her disqualification is more than an simple clerical error and can have a lasting impact on Mili and the team. The girl wears her hair cut short.

The soccer club did not immediately respond to BuzzFeed News, but told WOWT 6 News on Monday that Mili's disqualification was due to a registrar's typo that listed her as a male.

"She was crying after they told us", he said.

The 37-year-old captioned her post:"Dear Mili Hernandez, you are fantastic in every way".

"We had a doctor's physical form and it gave a description and it said her age and female, so we showed them that but they wouldn't look at it", Cruz Hernandez, Mili's brother, told WOWT. "They said that the president had made his decision and there wasn't any changing that".

Mili's team had advanced to the tournament finals when it was suddenly disqualified. Former U.S. soccer stars Abby Wambach and Mia Hamm are offering support to Hernandez, and Hamm has invited Hernandez to one of her soccer camps.

Hernandez said of the tournament organizers: "They just weren't listening".

The family said it even presented paperwork to prove she is a girl.

The Post reports Mili is back to kicking the soccer ball and still wants to play the game all the way through high school and college.

Yes, that's footballer Abby Wambach, who has 249 United States of America appearances to her name, with a personal message for the eight-year-old. "I didn't like my hair long". "They don't have a reason to kick the whole club out", Mili told WOWT TV. She said: "There's other tournaments that I can play in".

Her father told the television station that his daughter loves playing soccer and "was in shock" when tournament organizers told her she couldn't play.

"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", the state association statement said.

Mili's story has since gone viral, even grabbing the attention of American soccer legend Mia Hamm.

The club has filed a complaint with the Nebraska State Football Association, local media reported.

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