Hope Solo accuses former FIFA Pres. Blatter of sexual assault

Hope Solo accuses former FIFA Pres. Blatter of sexual assault

Hope Solo accuses former FIFA Pres. Blatter of sexual assault

US soccer star Hope Solo has accused former Federation Internationale de Football Association president Sepp Blatter of sexually assaulting her.

Solo was at the ceremony to present teammate Abby Wambach with the women's player of the year award.

"In the case of Sepp Blatter, I went on the stage, I was nervous for the presentation. -Can-I-talk-about-that-" target="_blank">Expresso, Solo said, "I had Sepp Blatter grab my ass".

Solo said Blatter grabbed her buttocks right before the pair walked on stage to present an award to one of Solo's teammates.

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United States goalkeeper Hope Solo accused Sepp Blatter of sexual harassment on Friday, yet another alleged sexual misconduct by a man in a position of power that's been made public in recent weeks.

Solo also said in her interview with Expresso that she is not surprised by the multitude of sexual assault allegations that women have been stepping forward with recently.

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Blatter has responded to the allegation as "ridiculous". After that I didn't see him and that was kind of bad.

"I've seen it not just with coaches".

"I'm actually very disappointed with the women who haven't spoken about it in the sports world", Solo said. That's the way I've always handled things.

Blatter was head of the world football's governing body for 17 years, until a corruption scandal in 2015.

Solo, who is the most capped goalkeeper in USA football history, recently shared her views regarding sexual harassment in sport with her 868,000 Instagram followers. It can happen all across the board, it can happen between women, it can happen anywhere. She said she's seen inappropriate behavior from coaches, doctors, press officers - and between players. The 36-year-old was suspended for six months by U.S. Soccer for calling Swedish players a "bunch of cowards" and has not returned to the team since. 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".

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