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

Solo is a two-time gold winner at the Olympics and said she was left'in shock by the Fifa president's alleged grope

Solo is a two-time gold winner at the Olympics and said she was left'in shock by the Fifa president's alleged grope

She revealed: "I had Sepp Blatter grab my ass [turns towards her press assistant, Melinda Travis]".

United States global goalkeeper Hope Solo has accused ousted Federation Internationale de Football Association president Sepp Blatter of "grabbing" her inappropriately at the Ballon d'Or ceremony in 2013.

In an interview published Friday in the Portuguese newspaper Expresso, the former goalkeeper for the USA women's national team recounted what happened at the Ballon d'Or awards in 2013 in Zurich.

Contacted by The Guardian, Hope Solo is back in more detail on the facts of this evening's Ballon d'or 2013, remembering having had to quickly find his spirits to be able to focus on his speech awarding the prize.

Blatter is the latest name to be linked with the growing sexual harassment saga that has seen hundreds of women come forward, from across all walks of life, to accuse men in positions of power of a variety of sexual harassment and assault claims. "After [the ceremony] I have not seen and have not been able to confront it", said the sport. It's not just in Hollywood, it's probably all over the place.

"It has been in the showers, it's been in the locker room".

Blatter, however, rejected all such claims against him, and called the allegation "ridiculous".

"I had Sepp Blatter grab my ass". "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", she said.

Expanding on the alleged incident on Friday, Solo told the Guardianthat she had to compose herself immediately afterwards to concentrate on making her speech and giving the presentation to Wambach.

For the past few days, I have been thinking about all the uncomfortable situations myself and/or my teammates have experienced throughout the years with trainers, doctors, coaches, executives and even teammates.

Blatter spokesman Thomas Renggli messaged the AP on Saturday: "This allegation is 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.

"I've seen it in sports". I've seen it amongst players in the locker room.

Blatter, 81, has earlier also faced ire over his sexist remarks. "Say something! You are always speaking at home, now you can speak here".

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