Sunday, 19 November, 2017

Hope Solo accuses ex-FIFA boss 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
Spencer Simpson | 11 November, 2017, 01:07

"Can-I-talk-about-that-" target="_blank">Tribuna Expresso, saying that Blatter, who resigned from Federation Internationale de Football Association in 2015 amid a bribery scandal, grabbed her 'right before I went on stage'.

"I had Sepp Blatter grab my a-", Solo told Expresso when asked about sexual harassment in women's soccer. She said it occurred just before she presented the women's player of the year award at the Ballon D'or in Switzerland.

Hope Solo and Joseph Blatter, FIFA president announce Abby Wambach of United States during the FIFA womens player of the year trophy during the FIFA Ballon d'Or Gala 2013 at Congress House on January 07, 2013 in Zurich, Switzerland.

Blatter said thruugh a representaive that the allegations made by Solo were, "ridiculous".

Solo added that she had seen sexual harassment in sports 'throughout my entire career'.

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

On October 16, Solo joined in the #MeToo hashtag campaign, created to highlight the breadth of sexual harassment occurring to women across society.

'From inappropriate comments, unwanted advances and grabs of the ass to coaches and GMs and even press officers speaking about players "t*ts" and physical appearance, sexual harassment is rampant in the sports world, ' she continued. I didn't get to tell him directly, 'Don't ever touch me!' That's the way I've always handled things. Silence will not change the world!

Solo, who with 202 appearances, is the most capped goalkeeper in USA soccer history, is an advocate for equality, including equal pay for women in sports. In 2004, he landed in hot water after saying women's soccer should use sex appeal as a way to grow the game.

"It can happen across the board, it can happen between women, it can happen anywhere", she said.

"They could, for example, have tighter shorts", Blatter said.

Blatter was then one of soccer's most powerful figures; he has since been banned from Federation Internationale de Football Association amid a widespread corruption scandal.

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