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Hope Solo claims disgraced ex-FIFA head Sepp Blatter sexually assaulted her

11 November 2017

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.

"I had Sepp Blatter grab my ass", Solo said."It was at the Ballon D'or one year, right before I went on stage".

Solo was at the awards show to present the women's player of the year award to her US teammate Abby Wambach.

Solo also took to Instagram to express her support for the ongoing #MeToo campaign, which aims to raise awareness of sexual assault and harassment.

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Solo, when asked why she has not spoken out on the incident before, added: "I was nervous for the presentation".

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 had some bad experiences with players who are still on the team". She says she has seen such inappropriate sexual conduct throughout her career and notes it is not limited to Hollywood or the entertainment industry.

"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".

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Blatter's spokesman shut down the allegations and denied that the incident took place. I've seen it among players in the locker room.

Blatter, 81, served as Federation Internationale de Football Association president from 1998 until 2015, when he was banned by the organization over an ethics scandal that shook the sports world at the time. The 36-year-old was suspended for six months by U.S. Soccer for calling Swedish players a "bunch of cowards" and has not returned to the team since. "I did not get to tell him directly 'Do not ever touch me!' That's the way I've always handled things".

"For years, in the past, female players date and end up marrying their college coaches, which obviously a coach should not be doing, especially with a young player", she said.

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Hope Solo claims disgraced ex-FIFA head Sepp Blatter sexually assaulted her