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Houston-area athlete Evangeline Broughton kicked out of football game against boys

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — A Houston-area soccer club is rethinking its rules after a little girl learned she couldn’t play with the boys.

Everyone seems to agree that Evangeline Broughton is good enough to play with the boys in her youth soccer league. But this weekend, she was prevented from doing just that.

“She’s probably one of the top two or three players at the whole club in that age bracket,” coach Michael Carroll said. Despite her talent, Evangeline had to sit on the sidelines and just watch.

The young athlete told ABC13 she felt sad and “a little angry” when her family learned she couldn’t play with the boys. Now Evangeline’s mother, Paula Broughton, wants her daughter to have the chance she thinks every player deserves.

“The league told us she couldn’t play because she was a girl, and they don’t accept girls playing with boys,” Paula said. “My daughter is being discriminated against on the basis of sex or because of her sex.”

PDF Houston president Olivier Finidori told ABC13 last summer that their board and all teams in the league agree on the rules — girls against girls and boys against boys. Finidori added that he is open to dialogue and explains that he wants to find a solution that is good for Evangeline and every player in the PDF league.

“We invite the family to meet and discuss the response for the player and for all players in the league and their best interests,” Finidori said.

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