'Sepp Blatter sexually assaulted me,' says former USA goalkeeper Hope Solo

11 November, 2017, 01:37 | Author: Anita Tucker
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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. "Can-I-talk-about-that-" target="_blank">Portuguese newspaper Expresso that Blatter groped her during FIFA's Ballon d'Or awards ceremony in 2013.

Solo continued: "I had Sepp Blatter grab my ass".

Solo was in attendance that night to present the Federation Internationale de Football Association women's world player of the year award to USWNT striker Abby Wambach. Blatter joined Solo on stage.

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"I speak out directly [with people] when things like that happen", she said. She had to pull herself together quickly to give the award to Wambach.

"I'm actually very disappointed with the women who haven't spoken about it in the sports world", Solo said.

"In the case of Sepp Blatter, I went on the stage, I was nervous for the presentation..."

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A Blatter spokesperson denied the incident took place, telling The Guardian, "This allegation is ridiculous".

The shocking claim was made after she was asked if sexual harassment was as much an issue in women's soccer as it has been in Hollywood. After that I didn't see him and that was kind of bad. I always felt I'd "handled it' and stood up for myself in those situations, but there were never any consequences for the perpetrators".

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

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Blatter, 81, was FIFA's president from 1998-2015, but is now serving a six-year ban from any Federation Internationale de Football Association activities after investigations into the corruption of his regime. I've seen it amongst players in the locker room. Directly", she told the

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