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Hope Solo Accuses Former FIFA President Sepp Blatter of Sexual Assault

11 November 2017

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.

She was presenting with the former head of the soccer organization, Sepp Blatter, who she said grabbed her.

"I've seen it in sports", she went on. She said she's seen inappropriate behavior from coaches, doctors, press officers - and between players. "I don't know why more players don't speak out against it". 10, 2017, in the newspaper Expresso, Solo said Blatter "grabbed" her inappropriately on her rear end shortly before the two appeared onstage at the awards event.

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He said: "This allegation is ridiculous".

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". I didn't get to tell him directly "Don't ever touch me!" It was the Ballon d'Or I was presenting.

When discussing the incident recently with the Guardian, she added: "I was in shock and completely thrown off".

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

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

Blatter, 81, was Federation Internationale de Football Association president from 1998 until 2015, when he was banned in relation to a payment of two million Swiss francs (€1.7m) to former UEFA chief Michel Platini. He has a history of making sexist comments in public. 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". The 36-year-old was suspended for six months by U.S. Soccer for calling Swedish players a "bunch of cowards" and has not returned to the team since.

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Hope Solo Accuses Former FIFA President Sepp Blatter of Sexual Assault