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

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

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

Former USWNT goalkeeper Hope Solo says former Federation Internationale de Football Association president Sepp Blatter sexually assaulted her at the 2013 Ballon d'Or awards.

Solo, 36, said she "had Sepp Blatter grab my ass", at the Ballon d'Or awards gala in Switzerland, when she presended the women's world player of the year award - while Blatter stood next to her on the stage - to U.S. teammate Abby Wambach.

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

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

Solo, when asked why she has not spoken out on the incident before, added: "I was nervous for the presentation". She had to pull herself together quickly to give the award to Wambach. That's the way I've always handled things.

Former Fifa president Sepp Blatter has become the latest high-profile public figure to be accused of sexual assault.


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

It is not the first time Blatter, who won five elections as Federation Internationale de Football Association president between 1998 and 2015 before being banned for ethic breaches, has faced criticism for his treatment of women.

Blatter has responded to the allegation as "ridiculous".

Solo says sexual harassment is rampant in sports.

"It can happen across the board, it can happen between women, it can happen anywhere", she said.

"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. I've seen it among players in the locker room. Afterward, Solo called the Swedish team "cowards" for their defensive style of play. The now 81-year-old, who had his tenure come to an end amid corruption charges, in 2004 suggested women's players could wear "more feminine clothes" such as "tighter shorts".

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