Former United States goalkeeper Hope Solo has accused Sepp Blatter of sexually assaulting her at the Ballon d'Or awards ceremony in January 2013, a claim the ex-FIFA president's spokesman has described as "ridiculous". She then revealed that Sepp Blatter, then the president of world soccer's governing body, groped her in 2013 as they were about to present the women's player of the year award at the Ballon d'Or gala.
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Solo was in attendance that night to present the Federation Internationale de Football Association women's world player of the year award to USWNT striker Abby Wambach. She said that she prefers to confront people directly, and that with Blatter the incident took place seconds before they went on stage, and she was unable to to confront him at that point and didn't have an opportunity later on.
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'I had to quickly pull myself together to present my team-mate with the biggest award of her career and celebrate with her in that moment, so I completely shifted my focus to Abby'.
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.
Her claims were made to the Portuguese newspaper Expresso during an event in Lisbon to discuss equal pay and women's equality.
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"I had some bad experiences with players who are still on the team. That decision was taken to create a more female aesthetic, so why not do it in fashion?" I didn't get to tell him directly, 'Don't ever touch me!' That's the way I've always handled things.
"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".
Solo joined the US women's national team in 2000 but has not played for the nation since the 2016 Olympics in Rio.
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