United States worldwide 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.
Hope Solo and Sepp Blatter, FIFA president announce Abby Wambach of United States as the victor of 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.
She revealed: "I had Sepp Blatter grab my ass [turns towards her press assistant, Melinda Travis]".
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. "It was at the Ballon d'Or, right before I went on stage".
Hope Solo, capped more than 200 times at global level by the United States, accuses former Federation Internationale de Football Association president Sepp Blatter of sexual harassment.
Solo posted on Instagram last month a message to women participating in the #MeToo hashtag and speaking out against sexual assault.
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.
FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter talks with Hope Solo of United States of America after the FIFA Women's World Cup Final match between Japan and US at the FIFA Women's World Cup Stadium on July 17, 2011 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. I always felt I'd "handled it' and stood up for myself in those situations, but there were never any consequences for the perpetrators". She had to pull herself together quickly to give the award to Wambach.
In 2004, Blatter said the women's game could attract more viewers if they wore "tighter shorts" like volleyball players. That needs to change. "It can happen all across the board, it can happen between women", she continued.
She said: "Yes, I've seen it throughout my entire career". "I've seen it not just with coaches. After [the ceremony] I have not seen and have not been able to confront it", said the sport.
Solo went on to add that sexual harassment was rife in all walks of life - claims she said she had witnessed with her own eyes - and stated that more needed to come forward with their stories to combat the "rampant" issue. I've seen it amongst players in the locker room.