Hope Solo accuses former FIFA Pres. Blatter of sexual assault

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

Speaking to Expresso while in Portugal, Solo said Blatter "grabbed my ass" at the Ballon d'Or award ceremony.

Expanding on the alleged incident on Friday, Solo told the Guardian that she had to compose herself immediately afterwards to concentrate on making her speech and giving the presentation to Wambach.

Read the full story at USA Today.

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Solo said she's had issues of harassment with teammates in the past, but didn't indicate any further details.

"For the past few days, I have been thinking about all the uncomfortable situations myself and/or my team-mates have experienced throughout the years with trainers, doctors, coaches, executives and even team-mates", she wrote on Instagram.

Blatter's spokesman shut down the allegations and denied that the incident took place.

For her career, Solo has made 202 total appearances with the national team, with 153 wins and an international-record 102 shutouts. In other cases, for instance, I've told my teammates: "Don't ever f***ing touch me!" Don't do it.' It has been in the showers, it's been in the locker room. "I don't know why more players don't speak out".

"Can I talk about that?" she continued.

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

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

Blatter also famously argued in 2004 that players could boost the popularity of the women's game by wearing tighter shorts.

It is not the first time Blatter, who won five elections as Federation Internationale de Football Association president between 1998 and 2015 before being banned for ethic breaches, has faced criticism for his treatment of women.

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