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Hope Solo claims disgraced ex-FIFA head Sepp Blatter sexually assaulted her

11 November 2017

Blatter, the ousted head of the global soccer governing body, is the latest prominent man to be accused of sexual misconduct after US women's soccer goalkeeper Hope Solo accused him of assaulting her at FIFA's Ballon d'Or awards ceremony in 2013.

Solo added that she had seen sexual harassment in sports 'throughout my entire career'. The interview was published on Friday. She says that the incident occurred at the 2012 FIFA Ballon d'Or ceremony, when she was part of the presentation of the Women's World Player of the Year award to her teammate, Abby Wambach.

Read the full story at USA Today. She was presenting with the former head of the soccer organization, Sepp Blatter, who she said grabbed her. Female players are pretty, if you excuse me for saying so, and they already have some different rules to men - such as playing with a lighter ball.

"I had some bad experiences with players who are still on the team".

"I usually speak directly with the person".

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Blatter, contacted via his spokesman, denied the claim, according to Expresso and The Guardian. In other cases, for instance, I've told my teammates: "Don't ever f***ing touch me!"

'And I wish more female athletes would speak out about their own experiences, ' she said. She had to pull herself together quickly to give the award to Wambach. "It can happen all across the board, it can happen between women, it can happen anywhere", she said.

A spokesman for Blatter told both Expresso and United Kingdom newspaper The Guardian that the accusations made by Solo were "ridiculous".

'I always felt I'd "handled it" and stood up for myself in those situations, but there were never any consequences for the perpetrators.

It is not the first time Blatter, who won five elections as Federation Internationale de Football Association president between 1998 and 2015 before being banned for ethic breaches, has faced criticism for his treatment of women. 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".

Hope Solo claims disgraced ex-FIFA head Sepp Blatter sexually assaulted her