Ex-FIFA boss Sepp Blatter accused of sexually assaulting American Hope Solo

Ex-FIFA boss Sepp Blatter accused of sexually assaulting American Hope Solo

Ex-FIFA boss Sepp Blatter accused of sexually assaulting American Hope Solo

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">told media outlet "Expresso" that Blatter grabbed her rear at an awards ceremony.

That year, Solo was onstage to present FIFA's women's world player of the year to her teammate, the striker Abby Wambach.

Asked by Expresso whether, in light of recent revelations in the American entertainment industry, sexual harassment was an issue in women's football, Solo replied: "Of course it is".

"I have seen this all of my career and I would like to see more athletes speak about their experiences", said Solo. Right before I went on stage. That's the way I've always handled things.

Solo said she never saw Blatter again after the ceremony and was disappointed not to be able to "tell him directly, 'Don't ever touch me!'" After that I didn't see him and that was kind of bad.

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

Blatter's spokesman shut down the allegations and denied that the incident took place. "It can happen all across the board, it can happen between women, it can happen anywhere", she said.

However, Solo claimed it was an example of how sexual harassment had become commonplace in sport.

"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.

The veteran stopper ranks among the greatest players in USWNT history, winning two Olympic gold medals and the 2015 World Cup. In 2004, he flared tempers when he suggested women female soccer players should wear "more feminine clothes", including "tighter shorts".

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