Ex-FIFA boss Sepp Blatter accused of sexually assaulting American Hope Solo

11 November, 2017, 01:40 | Author: Ellis Copeland
  • Hope Solo says that Sepp Blatter grabbed her'a** just before they went on stage to award Solo's Team USA colleague with the prestigious Ballon d'Or in 2013

American soccer goalkeeper Hope Solo has accused ex-FIFA president Sepp Blatter of sexual assault, alleging he grabbed her buttocks at FIFA's Ballon d'Or awards ceremony in January 2013.

The World Cup victor, 36, says the incident happened at the 2013 Ballon d'Or awards, before she went on stage to present an award.

Solo said Blatter grabbed her buttocks right before the pair walked on stage to present an award to one of Solo's teammates.

Talking to Expresso, the US shot-stopper claimed that Blatter grabbed her from behind just moments before they were set to go on stage.

"I had to quickly pull myself together to present my team-mate with the biggest award of her career and celebrate with her in that moment, so I completely shifted my focus to Abby".

"I speak out directly [with people] when things like that happen".

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"I had some bad experiences with players who are still on the team".

The 81-year-old Blatter served as Federation Internationale de Football Association president for almost 17 years before being kicked out of office and suspended amid accusations of widespread corruption. I didn't get to tell him directly "don't ever touch me".

Blatter, 81, denied the incident took place, with his spokesman telling BBC Sport: "This allegation is ridiculous". "Can-I-talk-about-that-" target="_blank">Portuguese magazine Expresso about sexual harassment in women's sports and its prevalence.

"For the past few days, I have been thinking about all the uncomfortable situations myself and/or my team-mates have experienced throughout the years with trainers, doctors, coaches, executives and even team-mates", she wrote on Instagram. "It can happen all across the board, it can happen between women, it can happen anywhere", she said. I've seen it amongst players in the locker room.

Solo hasn't played for the USWNT since she was suspended from the program in 2016. In 2004, he flared tempers when he suggested women female soccer players should wear "more feminine clothes", including "tighter shorts".

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