Nov 10, 2017
U.S. ladies’s nationwide staff goalkeeper Hope Solo says then-FIFA president Sepp Blatter badually badaulted her in 2013.
Speaking to Expresso whereas in Portugal, Solo mentioned Blatter “grabbed my bad” on the Ballon d’Or award ceremony.
Blatter’s consultant referred to as the allegation “ridiculous” in an announcement to Expresso and The Guardian.
“I had Sepp Blatter grab my bad,” Solo instructed Expresso. “… It was at the Ballon d’Or one year, right before I went on stage. … It’s been normalized.”
Solo and Blatter walked on stage collectively to current the ladies’s world participant of the 12 months award to her U.S. teammate Abby Wambach.
“I was in shock and completely thrown off,” Solo instructed the Guardian. “I had to quickly pull myself together to present my teammate with the biggest award of her career and celebrate with her in that moment, so I completely shifted my focus to Abby.”
Solo mentioned she by no means noticed Blatter once more after the ceremony and was disenchanted not to have the ability to “inform him immediately, ‘Don’t ever contact me!’
“That’s the way I’ve always handled things. Directly,” she added.
Blatter, now 81, was banned by FIFA in 2015 after serving as president since 1998. In 2004, he was criticized for saying ladies gamers ought to contemplate sporting extra revealing uniforms, corresponding to skimpier shorts, to convey extra consideration to the sport.
Last month, Solo posted on Instagram within the wake of revelations concerning the Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, and on Friday she reiterated her stance to the Guardian that extra should be achieved to fight badual harbadment in ladies’s sports activities.
“While in this instance it was Sepp Blatter, who was the most powerful man in football at the time, badual harbadment and inappropriate behavior are rampant at every level in women’s sport, and it needs to stop.”
Solo, who received the 2015 World Cup with the U.S., has been sidelined by an harm and has not performed for the nationwide staff since a six-month suspension for criticizing opponents Sweden on the Olympics in 2016.