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Hope Solo says she was sexually assaulted by Sepp Blatter

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Isaac Mcdaniel | 11 November, 2017, 01:25

American soccer goalkeeper Hope Solo has accused ex-FIFA president Sepp Blatter of sexual assault, alleging he grabbed her buttocks at FIFA's Ballon d'Or awards ceremony in January 2013.

"From inappropriate comments, unwanted advances and grabs of the ass to coaches and GMs and even press officers speaking about players" "tits" and physical appearance, sexual harassment is rampant in the sports world", she wrote on Instagram. She says that the incident occurred at the 2012 FIFA Ballon d'Or ceremony, when she was part of the presentation of the Women's World Player of the Year award to her teammate, Abby Wambach.

Solo told The Guardian that she had to compose herself to make a speech before she handed the award to her US teammate Abby Wambach.

Read the full story at USA Today.

Hope Solo, a two-time Olympic gold medalist and goalkeeper for the USA women's soccer team says she was groped by the sport's then-most powerful man in 2013. I've seen it among players in the locker room.

She told Expresso that 'After that I didn't see him and that was kind of bad.

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"I usually speak directly with the person".

Blatter denied Solo's claim, calling the allegation "ridiculous", via his spokesman, The Guardian reported.

"Yes, everybody has their individual decisions, and it is uncomfortable, but I wish more women, especially in football, would speak against it, about their experiences, because some of those people still work there and some of the players still act in these behaviors", she said. "In other cases, for instance, I've told my teammates: 'Don't ever f-- touch me!"

'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'.

"I was in shock and completely thrown off", Solo told The Guardian, referring to the alleged assault. 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".

Blatter, 81, was embroiled in a corruption scandal when resigned as Federation Internationale de Football Association president in June 2015.

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