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Hope Solo(Photo: The Associated Press)

American goalkeeper Hope Solo accused former FIFA President Sepp Blatter of badual badault on the Ballon d’Or awards ceremony in January 2013 in an interview with Expresso, a Portuguese newspaper.

Speaking in Lisbon for the Web Summit, Solo granted Expresso an interview about gender equality and badual harbadment. The newspaper revealed an excerpt from that dialog on Friday.

In the interview, Solo stated she “had Sepp Blatter grab my bad” earlier than she went on stage to current the 2012 FIFA World Player of the Year award to teammate Abby Wambach.

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Solo, 36, stated she continued on stage to current the award.

“In the case of Sepp Blatter, I went on the stage, I was nervous for the presentation,” she instructed Expresso. “It was the Ballon D’Or I was presenting. After that I didn’t see him and that was kind of bad. I didn’t get to tell him directly ‘Don’t ever touch me!’ That’s the way I’ve always handled things. Directly.”

A consultant for Solo confirmed that the quotes attributed to Solo in Expresso are correct. The consultant spoke to USA TODAY Sports on situation of anonymity as a result of the consultant was not approved to remark publicly.

Through is spokesman, Blatter instructed The Guardian that “this allegation is ridiculous” and denied that it occurred.

Speaking extra broadly about badual harbadment, Solo instructed Expresso that it’s “rampant” within the sport and that she hoped extra ladies would converse out about it.

“I’m actually very disappointed with the women who haven’t spoken about it in the sports world,” she stated. “Yes, everybody has (the right to make) their individual decisions, and it is uncomfortable, but I wish more women, especially in football, would speak against it, about their experiences, because some of those people still work there and some of the players still act in these behaviors. I had some bad experiences with players who are still on the team. I think it is important to acknowledge that this doesn’t just happen with the powerful white men. It can happen all across the board, it can happen between women, it can happen anywhere. We are focused on the powerful white men, because I think that’s probably more prevalent, but it can happen anywhere. I’ve seen that.”

Solo had beforehand spoken about badual harbadment in a submit on Instagram final month with the hashtag #MeToo.

“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,” she wrote on Oct. 16. “From inappropriate comments, unwanted advances and grabs of the bad to coaches and GMs and even press officers speaking about players “tits” and bodily look, badual harbadment is rampant within the sports activities world. I all the time felt I’d “handled it” and stood up for myself in these conditions, however there have been by no means any penalties for the perpetrators. That wants to vary. Silence is not going to change the world! #MeToo”

Solo made 202 appearances for the U.S. staff and holds a global file 102 shutouts. She was a part of the U.S. groups that gained Olympic gold in 2008 and 2012 in addition to the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

Blatter, 81, was ousted from FIFA in 2015 and given a six-year ban for violating the code of ethics in authorizing a 2 million Swiss Francs to UEFA president Michel Platini in 2011.

 

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