Hope Solo claims former Federation Internationale de Football Association president sexually assaulted her in 2013

Hope Solo accuses former FIFA Pres. Blatter of sexual assault

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.

Solo, 36, told the Portuguese newspaper Tribuna Expresso that she "had Sepp Blatter grab my a-" while the pair was backstage at the awards event.

"It was at the Ballon D'or one year, right before I went on stage", Solo said of the alleged assault. Solo and Blatter presented the Federation Internationale de Football Association women's player of the year award to Solo's USA national team teammate Abby Wambach at the ceremony on January 07, 2013, in Zurich.

Solo added that she wanted to confront him at the time, but she didn't see him again after presenting the award.

"I was in shock and completely thrown off", Solo said, expanding on the story in a separate interview with The Guardian.

Blatter's representative called the allegation "ridiculous" in a statement to Expresso and The Guardian. She had to pull herself together quickly to give the award to Wambach. I didn't get to tell him directly "don't ever touch me".

"I'm actually very disappointed with the women who haven't spoken about it in the sports world", Solo said.

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Last month, Solo posted on Instagram in the wake of revelations about the Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, and on Friday she reiterated her stance to the Guardian that more must be done to combat sexual harassment in women's sports.

'Silence will not change the world!'

Blatter also famously argued in 2004 that players could boost the popularity of the women's game by wearing tighter shorts. "And I wish more female athletes would speak out about their own experiences".

It is not the first time Blatter, who won five elections as Federation Internationale de Football Association president between 1998 and 2015 before being banned for ethic breaches, has faced criticism for his treatment of women. I've seen it amongst players in the locker room.

"Let the women play in more feminine clothes like they do in volleyball", Blatter said.

Solo joined the US women's national team in 2000 but has not played for the nation since the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

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