US Goalkeeper Hope Solo Accuses EX-Fifa Chief Sepp Blatter Of S3xual Assault
The World Cup winner made the revelation in an interview with Portugal newspaper Expresso, saying: “I had Sepp Blatter grab my ass.”
Goalkeeper of the United States national team, Hope Solo has accused former Fifa president Sepp Blatter of sexual harassment.
Solo, 36, says the incident happened at the 2013 Ballon d’Or gala in Switzerland, just before she went on stage to present an award.
When asked why she has not spoken out on the incident before, Hope Solo said: “I was nervous for the presentation. It was the Ballon d’Or I was presenting.
“After that I didn’t see him and that was kind of bad. I didn’t get to tell him directly “don’t ever touch me”. That’s the way I’ve always handled things. Directly,” the goalie concluded.
Solo, a two-time Olympic gold medallist and winner of 202 caps, says the issue is rampant in women’s football.
“I’ve seen it throughout my entire career,” she said. “It’s not just in Hollywood.
“I’ve seen it not just with coaches, I’ve seen it with trainers, doctors, and our press officers. I’ve seen it among players in the locker room. I don’t know why more players don’t speak out against it.”
Blatter, 81, has denied the incident took place, with his spokesman describing the allegation as “ridiculous”.
This isn’t the first time a negative light has been on Blatter regarding female players. In January 2004, the Swiss suggested women should wear “tighter shorts” because “female players are pretty.”