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

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Longtime U.S. women's national team goalkeeper Hope Solo claims former Federation Internationale de Football Association president Sepp Blatter sexually assaulted her in 2013 at a Federation Internationale de Football Association awards ceremony, according to The Guardian and other media outlets.

In an interview with Portugal newspaper Expresso, Solo - who has 202 caps - said: "I had Sepp Blatter grab my ass".

Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter has found himself in a new scandal. "Can-I-talk-about-that-" target="_blank">Expresso, Solo said, "I had Sepp Blatter grab my ass".

Solo was at the awards show to present the women's player of the year award to her US teammate Abby Wambach.

"I had Sepp Blatter grab my a-", Solo told Expresso when asked about sexual harassment in women's soccer. She had to pull herself together quickly to give the award to Wambach.

Blatter has denied the accusation, with his spokesman telling The Guardian: "This allegation is ridiculous". I always felt I'd "handled it" and stood up for myself in those situations, but there were never any consequences for the perpetrators.

"I've seen it throughout my entire career", she said.

A growing number of public figures have been accused of sexual harassment in recent weeks, sparked by multiple women speaking out against the Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein.

Solo has taken to social media to praise those who have spoken out against sexual harassment using the hashtag #MeToo. The 81-year-old resigned in 2015 and was subsequently banned for ethics breaches. That needs to change. I've seen it among players in the locker room.

This isn't the first time a negative light has been on Blatter regarding female players. "That decision was taken to create a more female aesthetic, so why not do it in fashion?"

The veteran stopper ranks among the greatest players in USWNT history, winning two Olympic gold medals and the 2015 World Cup.

Solo anchored the USA team in goal during its 2015 Women's World Cup championship run, allowing just three goals in seven games with five shutouts during the tournament.

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