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Hope Solo accuses former Federation Internationale de Football Association boss Sepp Blatter of sexual assault

11 November 2017, 01:29 | Marlene Fleming

Hope Solo accuses Sepp Blatter of sexual assault at awards ceremony

Solo- seen here presenting the female player of the year award to Abby Wambach- said she had to swallow her anger and press on so as not to spoil her friend's big moment

Joseph Blatter, former president of Federation Internationale de Football Association, has been accused by Hope Solo, former U.S. goalkeeper of sexual assault during the Ballon d'Or ceremony in 2013, according to Portuguese weekly Expresso and published, and expanded upon, by the Guardian.

"Can-I-talk-about-that-" target="_blank">Tribuna Expresso, saying that Blatter, who resigned from Federation Internationale de Football Association in 2015 amid a bribery scandal, grabbed her 'right before I went on stage'.

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 anchored the US team in goal during its 2015 Women's World Cup championship run, allowing just three goals in seven games with five shutouts during the tournament.

When asked why she didn't come forward before with her allegations against Blatter, Solo says she usually confronts the person directly if she has an issue.

When discussing the incident recently with the Guardian, she added: "I was in shock and completely thrown off".

According to The Guardian, Blatter has denied the incident taking place, saying: "This allegation is ridiculous".

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"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 didn't get to tell him directly "don't ever touch me".

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

Solo hasn't played for the USWNT since she was suspended from the program in 2016. She said she's seen inappropriate behavior from coaches, doctors, press officers - and between players.

A growing number of public figures have been accused of sexual harassment in recent weeks, sparked by multiple women speaking out against the Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein. That needs to change. I've seen it among players in the locker room.

Blatter also famously argued in 2004 that players could boost the popularity of the women's game by wearing tighter shorts.

Blatter, 81, was elected FIFA's president five times between 1998 and 2015, but he lost his position due to ethics breaches.



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