Hope Solo accuses former FIFA Pres. Blatter of sexual assault

Hope Solo accuses former FIFA Pres. Blatter of sexual assault

Former Fifa president Sepp Blatter has been accused of sexually assaulting Hope Solo, the United States of America women's football team goalkeeper, at the 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.

Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter has found himself in a new scandal.

She said: "It was at the Ballon d'Or, right before I went on stage".

USA forward Alex Morgan has said that Blatter failed to recognize her at the annual award event in 2012, even though she was one of three nominees for the women's Player of the Year.

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She gave more details in the Guardian Friday about how Blatter grabbed her just before the two walked on stage.

"I was in shock and completely thrown off", Solo said, expanding on the story in a separate interview with The Guardian.

The 36-year-old claimed she "had Sepp Blatter grab my ass" at the awards event, but Blatter, via a spokeman, denied the allegations, calling them "ridiculous". I always felt I'd "handled it" and stood up for myself in those situations, but there were never any consequences for the perpetrators.

"I've seen it in sports". She says she has seen such inappropriate sexual conduct throughout her career and notes it is not limited to Hollywood or the entertainment industry.

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Solo has taken to social media to praise those who have spoken out against sexual harassment using the hashtag #MeToo. In January 2004, Blatter suggested women should where "tighter shorts" because "female players are pretty".

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. Female players are pretty, if you excuse me for saying so, and they already have some different rules to men - such as playing with a lighter ball.

Solo, a World Cup victor and two-time Olympic champion, made the allegations on the sidelines of the Web Summit being held in Lisbon.

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