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U.S. star Solo accuses Blatter of sexual assault

11 November, 2017, 01:40 | Author: Christina Hansen
  • Solo is a two-time gold winner at the Olympics and said she was left'in shock by the Fifa president's alleged grope

Former United States goalkeeper Hope Solo has accused Sepp Blatter of sexually assaulting her at the Ballon d'Or awards ceremony in January 2013, a claim the ex-FIFA president's spokesman has described as "ridiculous".

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

Solo continued: "I had Sepp Blatter grab my ass". Right before I went on stage.

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US forward Alex Morgan has said that Blatter failed to recognize her at the annual award event in 2012, even though she was one of three nominees for the women's Player of the Year.

"I'm actually very disappointed with the women who haven't spoken about it in the sports world ..." It was the Ballon d'Or I was presenting. "In other cases, for instance, I've told my teammates: 'Don't ever f-- touch me!" She had to pull herself together quickly to give the award to Wambach.

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".

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Solo, a two-time Olympic gold medallist, says the issue is "rampant" in women's football.

Blatter, 81, served as Federation Internationale de Football Association president from 1998 until 2015, when he was banned by the organization over an ethics scandal that shook the sports world at the time.

In 2004 he came under pressure after a suggestion that female players could wear "tighter shorts" like "they do in volleyball" to make the game more appealing to a male audience, while in 2013 he called a female member of Fifa's executive committee "good, and good looking".

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

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