Nebraska Soccer Team Cut Hair in Support of Mili Hernandez After Tournament Ban

Rory Marsden@@roomarsdenFeatured ColumnistJune 9, 2017

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An under-11 girls soccer team from Omaha, Nebraska have all cut their hair short after they were recently disqualified from a tournament in Springfield, Nebraska, because team-mate Mili Hernandez was listed on their roster as a boy. 

According to ESPN's Elizabeth Merrill, the Azzurri Cachorros Chicas "grabbed some scissors after practice Thursday night and engaged in a group haircut," following the controversy.

Merrill added that initial reports about the disqualification said organisers had thought eight-year-old Mili looked like a boy as she has a short haircut.

Support was sent out on social media by United States international legends like Mia Hamm and Abby Wambach:

Per Dan Gartland of Sports Illustrated, in an attempt to overturn the disqualification at the time Mili's family showed organisers her health insurance card.

He added that Nebraska's soccer association later issued an apology, while Mili told local television station WOWT 6: "There’s other tournaments that I can play."

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