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

Hope Solo accuses ex-FIFA boss Sepp Blatter of sexual assault

Solo claimed that Blatter sexually assaulted her at the 2013 Ballon d'Or awards ceremony in January of that year before she went on stage to present an award to fellow American Abby Wambach.

Solo said she never saw Blatter again after the ceremony and was disappointed not to be able to "tell him directly, 'Don't ever touch me!'"

The World Cup victor, 36, says the incident happened at the 2013 Ballon d'Or awards, before she went on stage to present an award.

USA forward Alex Morgan has said that Blatter failed to recognize her at the annual award event in 2012, even though she was one of three nominees for the women's Player of the Year.

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. She had to pull herself together quickly to give the award to Wambach.

"I was in shock and completely thrown off", Solo told the Guardian about the incident.

Blatter has denied the allegations.

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

"I've seen it throughout my entire career", she said.

FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter talks with Hope Solo of US after the FIFA Women's World Cup Final match between Japan and United States of America at the FIFA Women's World Cup Stadium on July 17, 2011 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. That's the way I've always handled things. She said she's seen inappropriate behavior from coaches, doctors, press officers - and between players. 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.

The 81-year-old Blatter served as Federation Internationale de Football Association president for almost 17 years before being kicked out of office and suspended amid accusations of widespread corruption.

The veteran stopper ranks among the greatest players in USWNT history, winning two Olympic gold medals and the 2015 World Cup.

"It can happen across the board, it can happen between women, it can happen anywhere", she said. The now 81-year-old, who had his tenure come to an end amid corruption charges, in 2004 suggested women's players could wear "more feminine clothes" such as "tighter shorts".

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