USA goalkeeper accuses former Federation Internationale de Football Association president of sexual harassment


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.

Hope Solo, a star goalkeeper and former member of the U.S. football team, accused former FIFA President Sepp Blatter of sexually harassing her, in an interview published on Friday.

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. She was presenting with the former head of the soccer organization, Sepp Blatter, who she said grabbed her.

The assault happened just seconds before she 2 went on stage to present the Federation Internationale de Football Association women's world player of the year award which her teammate Abby Wambach won.

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

"I was in shock and completely thrown off", Solo told the Guardian on Friday. "Can-I-talk-about-that-" target="_blank">Expresso, Solo said, "I had Sepp Blatter grab my ass".

Solo posted on Instagram last month a message to women participating in the #MeToo hashtag and speaking out against sexual assault. I didn't get to tell him directly "don't ever touch me". "I wish more women, especially in football, would speak against it, about the experiences, because some of those people still work [in football]".

"I've seen it not just with coaches, I've seen it with trainers, doctors, and our press officers".

According to information from the british newspaper The Guardian, a spokesman for the former president of Federation Internationale de Football Association, contacted after the charges Hope Solo, has denied the facts. 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.

When asked why she had never brought it up previously, Solo admitted it is because she usually like to take it up with the person directly, rather than flush it out to the press. "After [the ceremony] I have not seen and have not been able to confront it", said the sport. In 2004, he argued that the popularity of the women's game could be boosted if the players wore tighter shorts.