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Soccer Stars Are Reaching Out To This Soccer Player After Being Disqualified Because She Looked Like A Boy

A typo on a form led to officials kicking this girl out of an all-girl soccer tournament.

Milagros “Mili” Hernandez, a young soccer star in Nebraska, was recently questioned about her gender during a tournament due to the length of her hair. Hernandez and her team, the Azzurri Achurros club team of Omaha, Neb., were playing in the all-girls Springfield Soccer Club tournament and advanced to the finals after winning two games. According to The Washington Post, hours before Hernandez and her team were set to take the field to play for trophies, her father, the coach of the team, got a phone call from officials saying the team had been disqualified for having a boy on the team. The complaints came from coaches of the losing teams saying that Mili was a boy (due to her short hair). A typo on the roster for the tournament had also identified her as a boy. ABC 13 reports that Mili’s father went to officials for the tournament and took her health insurance card, which identifies her has female, to clear up the issue. Officials wouldn’t listen and stood by the disqualification.

“She tried to keep her composure, but you could see it in her face that she felt bad about it,” Mili’s brother told The Washington Post about how his sister reacted to the confusing news. “She felt like she let her whole team down.”

As for the short hair, Gerardo told The Washington Post that he has kept her hair short since an early age when she started playing soccer. As she got older, she was asked if she wanted to let it grow out. She said no and asked for it to be kept short.

The news of Mili’s team disqualification has made significant waves in the soccer world, prompting reactions from soccer stars like Abby Wambach.


“Hey Mili Hernandez. Abby Wambach here. Listen, I’ve heard the news and all I can say is that your courage to want to stand up and talk about it and your bravery is going to help that next kid who’s put in a similar situation,” Wambach said in her Instagram post to Mili. Wambach added:

“You’re inspiring. You’re a natural born leader, honey and I am so proud of you. I want to tell you a few things. First of all, you don’t look like a boy, you look like a girl with short hair and that’s okay. Also, I know somebody else who has short hair. She’s won gold medals, a World Cup, U.S. Soccer Player of the Year, and FIFA Player of the Year. You can do anything you want to do and you can be anything you want to be and guess what. You can look like whatever you need to look like to do it.”

U.S. Women’s National Team legend Mia Hamm also extended an invitation to Mili to join her as a guest at the Team First Soccer Academy, to train with professional women’s soccer players.


Mili’s father has told news outlets that his daughter is okay and is continuing her dream to play soccer.


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FIFA21 Releasing ‘El Chavo Del Ocho’ Uniforms To Honor The Icon For Limited Time

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FIFA21 Releasing ‘El Chavo Del Ocho’ Uniforms To Honor The Icon For Limited Time

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“El Chavo del Ocho” is one of the most iconic shows in the Spanish-language world. The tv show spawned some of the most beloved characters, including the namesake of the show. FIFA21 is getting in on the fun of highlighting the character to honor its 50 years of touching lives.

You can wear a special Chavo del Ocho uniform in FIFA21.

“El Chavo del Ocho” is one of the most culturally important shows in the Spanish-speaking world. The Mexican sitcom gifted us Chavo del 8 and Chilindrina and we are all better for knowing those characters. The show, which ran for almost nine years, is still celebrated and loved today.

The uniforms are available for only a very short time.

FIFA 21 players can access the uniform between Dec. 10 to 13. The outfit isn’t outright free. Players have to accomplish three challenges and will then be granted access to the Chavo del Ocho kit. Who wouldn’t want a chance to play in the Chavo del Ocho kit?

Soccer players who wear the kit in the game are excited to be part of the celebration.

Who wouldn’t want a chance to be part of video game history. It isn’t every day that a video game version of yourself gets to wear an outfit that gives praise to one of the greats. If there was ever a highlight in life, this would definitely be one of them.

Some are thinking of it as a sweet homage to Chespirito.

Roberto Mario “Chespirito” Gómez y Bolaños is responsible for some of Mexico’s most important characters. The actor brought several characters to life on the television but none more iconic than Chavo del Ocho. If it were not for Chespirito, we would have never got to see Chapulin Colorado fight off the bad men or Chavo del Ocho interactions with La Chilindrina.

Who else is getting excited about the debut of these kits?

READ: Snapchat Added A ‘Chavo Del Ocho’ Filter And People Across The Internet Are Happy AF

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Argentine Soccer Legend Diego Maradona Dies at 60; Fans Grieve

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Argentine Soccer Legend Diego Maradona Dies at 60; Fans Grieve

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Legendary Argentine soccer player Diego Maradona is dead from a heart attack. He was 60 years old.

On Wednesday, the the Argentine Football Association announced through Twitter that it “expresses its deepest sorrow for the death of our legend, Diego Armando Maradona. You will always be in our hearts.”

Diego Maradona is considered by many to be the greatest soccer player of all time.

When he was just 18 years old, Maradona led Argentina to a youth World Cup Victory in 1986 and played in four more World Cups after that.

It was at the ’86 World Cup that he was catapulted into global stardom for scoring a goal that would be known afterwards as the “Hand of God”. Maradona led his team to victory over England by jumping over a goalkeeper and punching the ball into the net. Afterward, he described what drove the goal: “It was a little bit with the head and a bit with the hand of God.”

After, Maradona moved to Naples, which would become his adopted home town. He solidified his superstar status by helping the struggling Naples Club clinch its first Italian league title in 1987. A second followed in 1990.

But El Pibe de Oro was as famous for his excesses as he was for his talent. He publicly struggled with drug addiction and personal crises throughout his career and after it. Post-retirement, his health suffered.

Earlier this month, Maradona had underwent an operation to remove a blood clot from his brain. Shortly after, he was admitted to a rehab center to treat his alcohol addiction. On October 25th, he died of a heart attack in his home in Tigre, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

In the wake of Maradona’s death, there has been an outpouring of grief from fans, peers, and rivals alike.

Cristiano Ronaldo took to Twitter to express his feelings about the death of a global superstar.

“Today I say goodbye to a friend and the world says goodbye to an eternal genius,” wrote Ronaldo. “One of the best ever. An unparalleled magician. He leaves too soon, but leaves a limitless legacy and a void that will never be filled. Rest in peace, crack. You will never be forgotten.”

Famous Brazilian forward Pelé also wrote a touching tribute to him on Twitter.

“What sad news,” wrote Pelé. “I lost a great friend and the world lost a legend. There is still much to be said, but for now, may God give strength to his family. One day, I hope we can play ball together in heaven.”

Fellow Argentine superstar Leo Messi posted a touching tribute to Maradona on Instagram.

The two players have always drawn parallels because of their country of origin.

Maradona’s adopted stadium of San Paolo in Naples lit up in memoriam of their greatest player.

The entire sports world grieves at the passing of such a legend. Rest in peace, Diego.

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