Hope Solo accuses former Federation Internationale de Football Association boss Sepp Blatter of sexual assault

Hope Solo accuses former Federation Internationale de Football Association boss Sepp Blatter of sexual assault

Hope Solo accuses former Federation Internationale de Football Association boss Sepp Blatter of sexual assault

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

Last month, Solo posted on Instagram in the wake of revelations about the Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, and on Friday she reiterated her stance to the Guardian that more must be done to combat sexual harassment in women's sports.

In the interview with Portuguese newspaper Expresso, Solo claimed that the sexual assault had happened just moments before the pair went on stage together to present the award.

In an interview with Portuguese newspaper Expresso, Solo said she "had Sepp Blatter grab my ass" before going on stage with the Swiss to present the FIFA Women's Player of the Year award for 2012 to US team-mate Abby Wambach.

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Solo added that she wanted to confront him at the time, but she didn't see him again after presenting the award.

"I usually speak directly with the person".

Blatter, speaking through his spokesman, denied the incident.

Solo has taken to social media to praise those who have spoken out against sexual harassment using the hashtag #MeToo.

"Yes, everybody has their individual decisions, and it is uncomfortable, but I wish more women, especially in football, would speak against it, about their experiences, because some of those people still work there and some of the players still act in these behaviors", she said. She had to pull herself together quickly to give the award to Wambach.

'I didn't get to tell him directly: "Don't ever touch me!"

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

Blatter was suspended from office and banned from soccer for six years following allegations of a widespread corruption scandal that came to light in 2015. I always felt I'd "handled it' and stood up for myself in those situations, but there were never any consequences for the perpetrators". In 2004, he landed in hot water after saying women's soccer should use sex appeal as a way to grow the game.

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