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

11 November, 2017, 01:39 | Author: Sylvester Abbott
  • Solo accuses Blatter of sexual assault at Ballon d'Or awards

Blatter, the ousted head of the global soccer governing body, is the latest prominent man to be accused of sexual misconduct after US women's soccer goalkeeper Hope Solo accused him of assaulting her at FIFA's Ballon d'Or awards ceremony in 2013.

Abby Wambach of the United States of America receives the FIFA Women's World Player of the Year award from US teammate Hope Solo and FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter during the FIFA Ballon d'Or Gala 2012 at the Kongresshaus on January 7, 2013 in Zurich, Switzerland.

The disgraced former head of Federation Internationale de Football Association, soccer's worldwide governing body, has been accused of sexual harassment by one of the biggest female soccer stars on the planet.

"I had Sepp Blatter grab my ass", Solo said.

"I had Sepp Blatter grab my a-", Solo told Expresso when asked about sexual harassment in women's soccer.

"I have seen this all of my career and I would like to see more athletes speak about their experiences", said Solo.

A spokesman for Blatter, however, said the accusation was "ridiculous". After that I didn't see him and that was kind of bad.

"Can I talk about that?" she continued.

Solo has taken to social media to praise those who have spoken out against sexual harassment using the hashtag #MeToo. I didn't get to tell him directly "don't ever touch me".

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

In her interview with The Guardian, Solo said "sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior are rampant" in sports.

Blatter, now 81, was banned by Federation Internationale de Football Association in 2015 after serving as president since 1998.

"It can happen across the board, it can happen between women, it can happen anywhere", she said. I've seen it amongst players in the locker room.

Solo also spoke out about the matter via her Instagram account recently (some words have been edited by LBS). 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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