Solo accuses ex-FIFA president Blatter of sexual assault

Posted November 11, 2017

American goalkeeper Hope Solo accused former FIFA President Sepp Blatter of sexual assault at the Ballon d'Or awards ceremony in January 2013 in an interview with Expresso, a Portuguese newspaper. Solo, 36, said the assault happened just before she was presenting the Federation Internationale de Football Association women's world player of the year award for 2012 on stage alongside Blatter, to striker Amy Wambach, her team-mate in the American side that had won the gold medal at the London Olympics.

"Can-I-talk-about-that-" target="_blank">Expresso, Solo said, "I had Sepp Blatter grab my ass".

Read the full story at USA Today. She was accompanied on stage by Blatter.

"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 denied the allegation to The Guardian.

Solo is the United States' record appearance-maker with 202 caps but was handed a six-month suspension by her national federation after branding Sweden's players "a bunch of cowards" in the aftermath of her team's 2016 Olympic quarter-final defeat on penalties. 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 against it". In the case of Sepp Blatter, I went on the stage, I was nervous for the presentation.It was the Ballon D'Or I was presenting.

Blatter was head of the world football's governing body for 17 years, until a corruption scandal in 2015. "I had to quickly pull myself together to present my team-mate with the biggest award of her career and celebrate with her in that moment, so I completely shifted my focus to Abby". After that I didn't see him and that was kind of bad. "I did not get to tell him directly 'Do not ever touch me!' That's the way I've always handled things". In 2004, he flared tempers when he suggested women female soccer players should wear "more feminine clothes", including "tighter shorts".