Family: 8-year-old girl disqualified from soccer game because she looks like a boy

Mili Hernandez.
Mili Hernandez.

A family in Omaha, Neb., told a television station there that 8-year-old daughter Mili Hernandez was disqualified from a soccer tournament because her haircut makes her look like a boy.

WOWT-TV reported that Mili was playing with a team of 11 year olds in the Springfield Soccer Club girls tournament when organizers told the squad on Sunday that it had been disqualified. WOWT said the family showed her insurance card to tournament organizers to prove she’s a girl, but it was to no avail.

“I was mad,” Mili’s father, Gerardo, told the Washington Post. “I never had that problem before. She’s been playing so long in different tournaments. I don’t want no problems with nobody, but that wasn’t the right way to treat people. Why they want to tell my girl looks like a boy?”

The Post story said the president of the Azzurri Soccer club, which includes Mili’s team, said things were made worse because a registration form accidentally listed Mili as a boy. But another form listed her as a girl.

As for Mili’s short hair, she likes it that way.

“When my hair starts to grow I put it short because I’ve always had short hair," Mili said in the WOWT story. “I didn’t like my hair long.”

After the story was first reported by WOWT, soccer legend Mia Hamm reached out on Twitter to Mili:

According to the WOWT story, the Springfield Soccer Club declined an request interview.

Pete Grathoff: 816-234-4330, @pgrathoff