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Hope Solo accuses former Federation Internationale de Football Association president Sepp Blatter of sexual assault

11 November, 2017, 01:26 | Author: Glenda Knight
  • Solo- seen here presenting the female player of the year award to Abby Wambach- said she had to swallow her anger and press on so as not to spoil her friend's big moment

Solo said Blatter grabbed her buttocks right before the pair walked on stage to present an award to one of Solo's teammates. "Can-I-talk-about-that-" target="_blank">Portugese newspaper Expresso that Blatter "grabbed my ass" just moments before appearing on stage together at an awards show in January 2013.

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 had Sepp Blatter grab my ass", Solo said.

She said: "It was at the Ballon d'Or, right before I went on stage".

'I had to quickly pull myself together to present my team-mate with the biggest award of her career and celebrate with her in that moment, so I completely shifted my focus to Abby'.

A spokesman for Blatter denied the incident took place.

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Asked by Expresso whether, in light of recent revelations in the American entertainment industry, sexual harassment was an issue in women's football, Solo replied: "Of course it is". She said she's seen inappropriate behavior from coaches, doctors, press officers - and between players.

After an October New York Times report about repeated sexual assault and harassment claims against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, women throughout the world shared their experiences using the hashtag #metoo on social media. I always felt I'd "handled it' and stood up for myself in those situations, but there were never any consequences for the perpetrators".

For her career, Solo has made 202 total appearances with the national team, with 153 wins and an international-record 102 shutouts. That needs to change.

Blatter also famously argued in 2004 that players could boost the popularity of the women's game by wearing tighter shorts.

The 81-year-old resigned in 2015 and was subsequently banned for ethics breaches. "And I wish more female athletes would speak out about their own experiences". I've seen it amongst players in the locker room.

Solo, who won the 2015 World Cup with the USA, has been sidelined by an injury and has not played for the national team since a six-month suspension for criticizing opponents Sweden at the Olympics in 2016.

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