Hope Solo accuses ex-FIFA president Sepp Blatter of sexual assault

Posted November 11, 2017

Longtime U.S. women's national team goalkeeper Hope Solo says former Federation Internationale de Football Association president Sepp Blatter sexually assaulted her at a 2013 awards ceremony, according to The Guardian. She then revealed that Sepp Blatter, then the president of world soccer's governing body, groped her in 2013 as they were about to present the women's player of the year award at the Ballon d'Or gala.

US 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 said it occurred just before she presented the women's player of the year award at the Ballon D'or in Switzerland. She was presenting with the former head of the soccer organization, Sepp Blatter, who she said grabbed her.

She elaborated on the claim to The Guardian, saying: 'I was in shock and completely thrown off.

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Blatter has denied the allegations.

The 81-year-old Blatter served as Federation Internationale de Football Association president for almost 17 years before being kicked out of office and suspended amid accusations of widespread corruption.

"From inappropriate comments, unwanted advances and grabs of the ass to coaches and [general managers] and even press officers speaking about players" "tits" and physical appearance, sexual harassment is rampant in the sports world. After that I didn't see him and that was kind of bad.

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On October 16, Solo joined in the #MeToo hashtag campaign, created to highlight the breadth of sexual harassment occurring to women across society. I've seen it among players in the locker room. I didn't get to tell him directly, 'Don't ever touch me!' That's the way I've always handled things. It can happen all across the board, it can happen between women, it can happen anywhere.

"I'm actually very disappointed with the women who haven't spoken about it in the sports world", Solo said. "That decision was taken to create a more female aesthetic, so why not do it in fashion?" 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".

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