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Girls on Youth Soccer Team Cut Hair in Support of Teammate Mistaken for a Boy

Nine Nebraskan girls bravely had their long locks cut to show support for a short-haired teammate who was mistaken for a boy during a youth soccer game, resulting in the entire team’s disqualification.

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The short-haired girl in question is 8-year-old Mili Hernandez, and her story made headlines after her entire team was disqualified from the Springfield Soccer Club tournament owing to qualms on her actual gender.

Tournaments organizers, however, claimed otherwise, defending that the little girl’s haircut was not to blame for the disqualification. They further explained that the mistake roots back to the team’s roster, wherein Mili was perhaps accidentally or negligently enlisted as “male.”

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Nevertheless, Mili’s family revealed that they did all they can for to prove she was indeed a girl, showing Mili’s ID and insurance cards to the tournament officials as solid proof of her gender, but to no avail.

Mili recalls: “They just weren’t listening. They said I looked like a boy.”

Tournament director Lanyard Burgett addressed the issue with a different version of the events that lead up to the disqualification. He insisted that the soccer team engaged in the illicit swapping of players, and that Mili was never the reason for her team being banned.

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Burgett said, “The male player on a female roster was discovered in the middle of working through the player swapping issue and has been incorrectly identified as the reason for dismissal.”

Whatever the actual reason may be, it’s clear how supportive Mili’s teammates are of her. 10-year-old Erika Ortiz shared: “It was scary, but it made me feel good to support Mili.”

As for Mili, she certainly appreciates her teammates’ unexpected and brave gesture, saying: “They only did it because I look like a boy. They care.”

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