Hope Solo accuses ex-FIFA boss Sepp Blatter of sexual assault

Solo accuses Blatter of sexual assault at Ballon d'Or awards

Longtime U.S. women's national team goalkeeper Hope Solo says former Federation Internationale de Football Association president Sepp Blatter sexually assaulted her at a 2013 awards ceremony, according to The Guardian.

In an interview with Portugal newspaper Expresso, Solo - who has 202 caps - said: "I had Sepp Blatter grab my ass".

"Can-I-talk-about-that-" target="_blank">Expresso, Solo said, "I had Sepp Blatter grab my ass".

She had been "nervous" before the event, and was left "in shock" just seconds before they were to go on stage for what would be one of the biggest moments in her friend's life, Solo revealed.

Just before decorated American soccer player Hope Solo walked out to give an award, the former head of Federation Internationale de Football Association allegedly grabbed her bottom. She said that she prefers to confront people directly, and that with Blatter the incident took place seconds before they went on stage, and she was unable to to confront him at that point and didn't have an opportunity later on.

Blatter said thruugh a representaive that the allegations made by Solo were, "ridiculous".

After an October New York Times report about repeated sexual assault and harassment claims against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, women throughout the world shared their experiences using the hashtag #metoo on social media. I always felt I'd "handled it' and stood up for myself in those situations, but there were never any consequences for the perpetrators". She said she hasn't seen him since.

'Silence will not change the world!'

The 81-year-old resigned in 2015 and was subsequently banned for ethics breaches.

A representative for Solo confirmed Friday to The Associated Press that the report was accurate and that the former goalkeeper for the US women's national team had no further comment on the matter. I've seen it among players in the locker room. In 2004, he was criticized for saying women players should consider wearing more revealing uniforms, such as skimpier shorts, to bring more attention to the game.

Solo hasn't played for the USWNT since she was suspended from the program in 2016. "That decision was taken to create a more female aesthetic, so why not do it in fashion?"

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