Solo accuses former FIFA President Blatter of grabbing her

Solo accuses former FIFA President Blatter of grabbing her

USA women's national team goaltender Hope Solo says ex-FIFA president Sepp Blatter sexually assaulted her during the 2013 Ballon d'Or ceremony at Zurich Switzerland.

"Sepp Blatter grabbed my ass, it was a few years ago at the Ballon d'Or ceremony just before I got on stage", Solo told Portuguese newspaper Expresso.

Soccer star Hope Solo alleged in a recent interview that former Federation Internationale de Football Association president Sepp Blatter sexually assault her as she was about to present an award.

"I was in shock and completely thrown off", Solo said, according to the British publication.

"I'm actually very disappointed with the women who haven't spoken about it in the sports world", Solo said. "It was at the Ballon d'Or, right before I went on stage". That's the way I've always handled things.

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Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter has found himself in a new scandal. After that I didn't see him and that was kind of bad. She says she has seen such inappropriate sexual conduct throughout her career and notes it is not limited to Hollywood or the entertainment industry.

A spokesperson for Blatter told The Guardian the allegation was "ridiculous".

"I've seen it not just with coaches, I've seen it with trainers, doctors, and our press officers". Female players are pretty, if you excuse me for saying so, and they already have some different rules to men - such as playing with a lighter ball.

"It can happen across the board, it can happen between women, it can happen anywhere", she said.

The veteran stopper ranks among the greatest players in USWNT history, winning two Olympic gold medals and the 2015 World Cup. Blatter is already serving a ban from Federation Internationale de Football Association after he was ousted for a variety of crimes that rocked global soccer in recent years, but the serious accusation from Solo is an entirely new wrong for Blatter. In 2004, he flared tempers when he suggested women female soccer players should wear "more feminine clothes", including "tighter shorts".

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