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Hope Solo accuses former FIFA Pres. Blatter of sexual assault

Hope Solo accuses former FIFA Pres. Blatter of sexual assault

United States worldwide goalkeeper Hope Solo has accused ousted Federation Internationale de Football Association president Sepp Blatter of "grabbing" her inappropriately at the Ballon d'Or ceremony in 2013.

Abby Wambach of the United States of America receives the FIFA Women's World Player of the Year award from US teammate Hope Solo and FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter during the FIFA Ballon d'Or Gala 2012 at the Kongresshaus on January 7, 2013 in Zurich, Switzerland. She was presenting with the former head of the soccer organization, Sepp Blatter, who she said grabbed her.

Blatter was suspended as head of soccer's governing body for six years following allegations of widespread corruption in a scandal that came to light in 2015. In the case of Sepp Blatter, I got on the stage, I was nervous, I presented the Ballon d'or. "It was at the Ballon d'Or, right before I went on stage".

Ex-FIFA president Sepp Blatter has denied Hope Solo's accusations.

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.

The 36-year-old expanded on the alleged incident when she told The Guardian: "I was in shock and completely thrown off".

Solo, the most capped goalkeeper in U.S. football history with 202 appearances, including in the 2008 and 2012 Olympic- and 2015 World Cup-winning teams, spoke out last month about sexual harassment in sport, following the revelations about the Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.

"After that I didn't see him and that was kind of bad".

In a brief answer to the BBC when quizzed on the allegations, Blatter's spokesperson refuted the assertions made by Solo. "I had to submit to my co-fellow [Abby Wambach, victor of the Golden Ball 2013, editor's note] the biggest prize of his career, and celebrate with it this time, so I dedicated all my attention", she also added. I've seen it with trainers, doctors and our press officers.

"I've seen it in sports". Solo used the opportunity to write about the "rampant" culture of harassment in sports. That needs to change. "I don't know why more players don't speak out".

Blatter, 81, has earlier also faced ire over his sexist remarks. "Say something! You are always speaking at home, now you can speak here".


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