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Hope Solo accuses former FIFA Pres. Blatter of sexual assault

11 November 2017, 01:40 | Nina Mathis

Hope Solo accuses former FIFA Pres. Blatter of sexual assault

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. She then revealed that Sepp Blatter, then the president of world soccer's governing body, groped her in 2013 as they were about to present the women's player of the year award at the Ballon d'Or gala.

"I had Sepp Blatter grab my ass", Solo said. She said it occurred just before she presented the women's player of the year award at the Ballon D'or in Switzerland.

"I speak out directly [with people] when things like that happen", she said. "Yes, everybody has [the right to make] their individual decisions, and it is uncomfortable, but I wish more women, especially in football, would speak against it, about their experiences, because some of those people still work there and some of the players still act [like that]". She says she has seen such inappropriate sexual conduct throughout her career and notes it is not limited to Hollywood or the entertainment industry.

Blatter denied Solo's claim, calling the allegation "ridiculous", via his spokesman, The Guardian reported. I've seen it amongst players in the locker room.

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When asked why she had never brought it up previously, Solo admitted it is because she usually like to take it up with the person directly, rather than flush it out to the press.

A representative for Solo confirmed Friday to The Associated Press that the report was accurate and said the former goalkeeper for the USA women's national team had no further comment on the matter.

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. In 2004, he flared tempers when he suggested women female soccer players should wear "more feminine clothes", including "tighter shorts".



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