Sepp Blatter accused of Sexual Assault

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American soccer goalkeeper, two-time Olympic gold medallist and World Cup champion Hope Solo accuses Sepp Blatter, former president of Federation Internationale de Football Association, of sexual assault at a Ballon d'Or awards ceremony.

She reports the incident to have happened at the 2013 Ballon Dór awards.

"I had Sepp Blatter grab my ass", she told Portuguese newspaper Expressor.

He has won five elections as president of Federation Internationale de Football Association from 1998 until 2015, was forced to step down and banned by Federation Internationale de Football Association amid a corruption scandal. 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. "It was at the Ballon d'Or, right before I went on stage... it [sexual harassment] has been normalised".

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.

The remarks by Solo come amid a torrent of accusations by women of sexual harassment and abuse in the entertainment and media industries.

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Solo, the most capped goalkeeper in United States football history with 202 appearances, including in the 2008 and 2012 Olympic- and 2015 World Cup-winning teams, spoke out last month about sexual harassment in sport, following the revelations about the Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. "After [the ceremony] I have not seen and have not been able to confront it", said the sport.

Blatter dismissed Solo's claims, telling the Guardian newspaper that the allegation "is ridiculous".

"I've seen it in sports". That needs to change.

"I'm actually very disappointed with the women who haven't spoken about it in the sports world", Solo told Expresso.

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. In 2004, he landed in hot water after saying women's soccer should use sex appeal as a way to grow the game. 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.

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