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

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

Former Fifa president Sepp Blatter has been accused of sexually assaulting Hope Solo, the US women's football team goalkeeper, at the Ballon d'Or awards ceremony in January 2013. "It's been normalized", said Solo, who presented the FIFA's women's player of the year award in January 2013 and shared the stage with Blatter.

"It was at the Ballon D'or one year, right before I went on stage", Solo said of the alleged assault.

USA forward Alex Morgan has said that Blatter failed to recognize her at the annual award event in 2012, even though she was one of three nominees for the women's Player of the Year. She was accompanied on stage by Blatter.

"I have seen this all of my career and I would like to see more athletes speak about their experiences", said Solo. It was the Ballon d'Or I was presenting.

"I speak out directly [with people] when things like that happen".




The disgraced former head of Federation Internationale de Football Association, soccer's global governing body, has been accused of sexual harassment by one of the biggest female soccer stars on the planet. I didn't get to tell him directly "don't ever touch me". The 81-year-old resigned in 2015 and was subsequently banned for ethics breaches.

Blatter, via his spokesman, on Friday night denied that such an incident had taken place.

She added: "While in this instance it was Sepp Blatter, who was the most powerful man in football at the time, sexual harassment and inappropriate behaviour are rampant at every level in women's sport and it needs to stop".

"I've seen it not just with coaches, I've seen it with trainers, doctors, and our press officers". I've seen it amongst players in the locker room. In 2004, he flared tempers when he suggested women female soccer players should wear "more feminine clothes", including "tighter shorts".

Solo also spoke out about the matter via her Instagram account recently (some words have been edited by LBS).

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