World Cup victor Hope Solo accuses Sepp Blatter of sexual assault

Solo- seen here presenting the female player of the year award to Abby Wambach- said she had to swallow her anger and press on so as not to spoil her friend's big moment

Hope Solo: Sepp Blatter 'grabbed my ass' at soccer awards

Former Fifa president Sepp Blatter has been accused of sexually assaulting Hope Solo, the U.S. women's football team goalkeeper, at the Ballon d'Or awards ceremony in January 2013. "Can-I-talk-about-that-" target="_blank">Portugese newspaper Expresso that Blatter "grabbed my ass" just moments before appearing on stage together at an awards show in January 2013.

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.

The World Cup victor, 36, says the incident happened at the 2013 Ballon d'Or awards, before she went on stage to present an award.

Solo also took to Instagram to express her support for the ongoing #MeToo campaign, which aims to raise awareness of sexual assault and harassment. She had to pull herself together quickly to give the award to Wambach.

"I was in shock and completely thrown off", Solo told the Guardian.

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Blatter denied the allegation to The Guardian. After that I didn't see him and that was kind of bad.

"I've seen it throughout my entire career", she said. "I did not get to tell him directly 'Do not ever touch me!' That's the way I've always handled things".

The shocking claim was made after she was asked if sexual harassment was as much an issue in women's soccer as it has been in Hollywood. Blatter, 81, was banned from Federation Internationale de Football Association for an ethics breach. She said she's seen inappropriate behavior from coaches, doctors, press officers - and between players.

A representative for Solo confirmed Friday to The Associated Press that the report was accurate and said the former goalkeeper for the US women's national team had no further comment on the matter. Female players are pretty, if you excuse me for saying so, and they already have some different rules to men - such as playing with a lighter ball. He suggested in 2004 that female players could wear "tighter shorts" like "they do in volleyball." and in 2013, he called a female candidate for FIFA's executive committee "good, and good looking".

Solo hasn't played for the USWNT since she was suspended from the program in 2016.

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