Published: Sat, November 11, 2017
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Hope Solo: Sepp Blatter 'grabbed my ass' at soccer awards

Hope Solo: Sepp Blatter 'grabbed my ass' at soccer awards

Former FIFA President Joseph "Sepp" Blatter became the latest high-profile men to be accused of sexual assault after former Washington Huskies and Seattle Reign FC goalie Hope Solo said he grabbed her at an award ceremony.

Solo, who with 202 appearances, is the most capped goalkeeper in US soccer history, is an advocate for equality, including equal pay for women in sports.

In the interview with Portuguese newspaper Expresso, Solo claimed that the sexual assault had happened just moments before the pair went on stage together to present the award.

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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.

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Via a spokesperson, Blatter said: "This allegation is ridiculous". I've seen it among players in the locker room.

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"Can I talk about that?" she continued.

Solo is the United States' record appearance-maker with 202 caps but was handed a six-month suspension by her national federation after branding Sweden's players "a bunch of cowards" in the aftermath of her team's 2016 Olympic quarter-final defeat on penalties. "I don't know why more players don't speak out".

Blatter has denied the allegations. "Yes, everybody has [the right to make] their individual decisions, and it is uncomfortable, but I wish more women, especially in football, would speak against it, about their experiences, because some of those people still work there and some of the players still act [like that]". She had to pull herself together quickly to give the award to Wambach. "In other cases, for instance, I've told my teammates: 'Don't ever f-- touch me!" It can happen all across the board, it can happen between women, it can happen anywhere.

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Blatter, 81, was elected FIFA's president five times between 1998 and 2015, but he lost his position due to ethics breaches. 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".

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