Showing solidarity with 8-year-old soccer player Mili Hernandez, nine team-mates cut their hair short because officials thought she was a boy. After the controversial disqualification, her team decided to honor her by cutting their hair too. Following practice on Friday, nine of Mili’s teammates cut their hair. Nebraska girl Mili garnered attention after who sports a pixie-style haircut for being disqualified from the Springfield Soccer Club tournament. The Springfield Soccer Club which organises the tournament said that Mili’s hair was not the reason for disqualification. The tour organisers said that the team’s roster listed Mili as a male. However, Mili said that she was disqualified because of her hair cut. Also Read - US centre monitors person for possible Ebola exposure

Mili plays soccer for Omaha’s Azzuri Cachorros girls club team. She plays on the 11-year-old roster even though she is only 8. During the outbreak of the controversy,  top soccer players Abby Wambach and Mia Hamm both had tweeted encouragements for Mili. WOWT 6 News quoted Mili as saying, “When my hair starts to grow I put it short because I’ve always had short hair. I didn’t like my hair long.” Her father, Gerardo Hernandez told WOWT 6 News: “It’s what she likes. It’s what she always wants to do – play soccer.” He also said that his daughter “was in shock.” He also said, “She was crying after they told us… They made her cry.” School fails student who asked for fee receipt? Avanish Yadav’s Facebook post claims he was given zero in all subjects in CBSE 10th exams Also Read - Winter storm snarls holiday travel in parts of US

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However, the tournament director Lanyard Burgett had a different story to tell about the disqualification. He said that the real cause was an issue related to teams illicitly swapping players. He said that Mili did not have anything to do with the disqualification. Burgett told The Washington Post, “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.”