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Hope Solo Accuses Former FIFA President Sepp Blatter of Sexual Assault

11 November, 2017, 01:41 | Author: Greg Wolfe
  • Solo is a two-time gold winner at the Olympics and said she was left'in shock by the Fifa president's alleged grope

U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo has accused former Federation Internationale de Football Association president Sepp Blatter of sexual harassment. "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.

"I had Sepp Blatter grab my a-", Solo said.

USA 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.

Solo says the incident happened just before they went on stage together and has recently spoken out about sexual harassment in general in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal.

"I was in shock and completely thrown off", Solo said, according to the British publication. Right before I went on stage.

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

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Blatter's representative called the allegation "ridiculous" in a statement to Expresso and The Guardian.

Solo, who said she usually addresses harassment head on, said the circumstances prevented her from immediately confronting Blatter.

"I had some bad experiences with players who are still on the team".

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. I always felt I'd "handled it" and stood up for myself in those situations, but there were never any consequences for the perpetrators. 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.

Blatter, 81, was Federation Internationale de Football Association president from 1998 until 2015, when he was banned in relation to a payment of two million Swiss francs (€1.7m) to former UEFA chief Michel Platini.

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

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