That would be the United Soccer Association who ruled that a Muslim girl's headscarf was against the rules:
League Vice President Michael Gann explained, "The referees are expected to make discretionary calls. Unfortunately, sometimes they stick too far to the letter of the rule."
"I never thought I'd have to deal with that kind of thing in soccer," said Khalil. She also stated, "I felt really bad because I felt like I sort of let the team down."
The following video clips are from CNN's Newsroom and WFTV 9 News, broadcast on October 15, 2007.