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Mili Hernandez, 8, Looks Too Much Like a Boy to Play Soccer?

Mili Hernandez, 8, Looks Too Much Like a Boy to Play Soccer?
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Wednesday, 07 June 2017 05:58 AM EDT

Mili Hernandez, an 8-year-old Nebraska girl who said her team was disqualified from a youth soccer tournament because she "looks like a boy," has drawn support from former U.S. soccer stars Abby Wambach and Mia Hamm.

WOWT-TV reported that Hernandez’s team had advanced to the finals of the tournament when it was suddenly disqualified, per The Associated Press.

The Springfield Soccer Association told the station that a misprint in the team’s roster identified Hernandez as a boy in “violation of state and tournament rules” and her appearance wasn’t an issue. The girl wears her hair cut short.

Wambach says on social media that she’s “won championships” with her own short haircut and wants to meet the girl.

Hamm has invited Hernandez to one of her soccer camps.

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Mili Hernandez, an 8-year-old Nebraska girl who said her team was disqualified from a youth soccer tournament because she "looks like a boy," has drawn support from former U.S. soccer stars Abby Wambach and Mia Hamm.
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