Hope Solo says ex-FIFA president Sepp Blatter grabbed her inappropriately


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Soccer star Hope Solo alleged in a recent interview that former Federation Internationale de Football Association president Sepp Blatter sexually assault her as she was about to present an award. "It was at the Ballon D'or one year right before I went on stage".

Abby Wambach of the United States of America receives the FIFA Women's World Player of the Year award from US teammate Hope Solo and FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter during the FIFA Ballon d'Or Gala 2012 at the Kongresshaus on January 7, 2013 in Zurich, Switzerland.

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 told the Guardian.

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Blatter has denied the accusation, with his spokesman telling The Guardian: "This allegation is ridiculous".

Solo also took to Instagram to express her support for the ongoing #MeToo campaign, which aims to raise awareness of sexual assault and harassment. She had to pull herself together quickly to give the award to Wambach. After that I didn't see him and that was kind of bad. That needs to change.

A representative for Solo confirmed Friday to The Associated Press that the report was accurate and that the former goalkeeper for the USA women's national team had no further comment on the matter.

"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. In 2004, he landed in hot water after saying women's soccer should use sex appeal as a way to grow the game.

"They could, for example, have tighter shorts", Blatter said. "That decision was taken to create a more female aesthetic, so why not do it in fashion?"