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Hope Solo accuses Sepp Blatter of sexual assault

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Damon Campbell | 11 November, 2017, 01:25

FORMER Fifa president Sepp Blatter has been accused of sexual assault by former U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo.

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.

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

Solo said in her comments to the Guardian that sexual harassment in sport needs to be dealt with: "While in this instance it was Sepp Blatter, who was the most powerful man in football at the time, sexual harassment and inappropriate behaviour are rampant at every level in women's sport and it needs to stop".

Read the full story at USA Today.

A representative for Solo confirmed Friday to The Associated Press that the report was accurate and said 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. "I don't know why more players don't speak out against it".

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According to The Guardian, Blatter has denied the incident taking place, saying: "This allegation is ridiculous".

Solo was also asked why she hadn't spoken out about the incident before. Don't do it.' It has been in the showers, it's been in the locker room.

"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.

"I was in shock and completely thrown off", Solo told The Guardian, referring to the alleged assault.

Blatter was suspended from office and banned from soccer for six years following allegations of a widespread corruption scandal that came to light in 2015.

"I had some bad experiences with players who are still on the team". I always felt I'd "handled it' and stood up for myself in those situations, but there were never any consequences for the perpetrators".

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