Solo accuses ex-FIFA president Blatter of sexual assault

Solo accuses ex-FIFA president Blatter of sexual assault

Just before decorated American soccer player Hope Solo walked out to give an award, the former head of Federation Internationale de Football Association allegedly grabbed her bottom.

Solo told Portuguese publication Expresso that Blatter grabbed her "ass" at the January 2013 Ballon d'Or ceremony.

"I had Sepp Blatter grab my a-", Solo said.

Talking to Expresso, the US shot-stopper claimed that Blatter grabbed her from behind just moments before they were set to go on stage.

"I was in shock and completely thrown off", Solo told the Guardian about the incident. She had to pull herself together quickly to give the award to Wambach.

Solo has taken to social media to praise those who have spoken out against sexual harassment using the hashtag #MeToo. In the case of Sepp Blatter, I went on the stage, I was nervous for the presentation.It was the Ballon D'Or I was presenting. That's the way I've always handled things.

First Look At New Doctor Who For Season 11
I mean, traversing around the universe does often include running in the Doctor Who world, I'd hate to see her stuck in heels. With so much nods to her previous incarnations, Whittaker's Doctor is certainly one that remembers where she came from.

Solo, who said she usually addresses harassment head on, said the circumstances prevented her from immediately confronting Blatter.

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.

Blatter has responded to the allegation as "ridiculous". I've seen it among players in the locker room. I didn't get to tell him directly "don't ever touch me".

"It can happen across the board, it can happen between women, it can happen anywhere", she said.

Blatter, 81, was FIFA's president from 1998-2015, but is now serving a six-year ban from any Federation Internationale de Football Association activities after investigations into the corruption of his regime. 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".

Related Articles