Hope Solo accuses former FIFA Pres. Blatter of sexual assault


Former USWNT goalkeeper Hope Solo says former Federation Internationale de Football Association president Sepp Blatter sexually assaulted her at the 2013 Ballon d'Or awards.

Abby Wambach of the United States of America receives the FIFA Women's World Player of the Year award from US teammate Hope Solo and FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter during the FIFA Ballon d'Or Gala 2012 at the Kongresshaus on January 7, 2013 in Zurich, Switzerland.

The World Cup victor, 36, says the incident happened at the 2013 Ballon d'Or awards, before she went on stage to present an award.

She gave more details in the Guardian Friday about how Blatter grabbed her just before the two walked on stage. She said she's disappointed in her colleagues who have been victims but who have not spoken out about their own experiences. "It was at the Ballon d'Or, right before I went on stage... it [sexual harassment] has been normalised".

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She was presenting with the former head of the soccer organization, Sepp Blatter, who she said grabbed her.

Blatter's representative called the allegation "ridiculous" in a statement to Expresso and The Guardian. Blatter was then one of soccer's most powerful figures; he has since been banned from Federation Internationale de Football Association amid a widespread corruption scandal. She says she has seen such inappropriate sexual conduct throughout her career and notes it is not limited to Hollywood or the entertainment industry.

She captioned the post:"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". I've seen it among players in the locker room. Directly", she told the

A representative for Solo confirmed Friday to The Associated Press that the report was accurate and said the former goalkeeper for the US women's national team had no further comment on the matter.