Nov 10, 2017
United States girls’s nationwide workforce goalkeeper Hope Solo says then-FIFA president Sepp Blatter badually badaulted her in 2013.
Speaking to Expresso whereas in Portugal, Solo stated Blatter groped her on the Ballon d’Or award ceremony.
“I had Sepp Blatter grab my bad,” Solo advised Expresso. “… It was at the Ballon d’Or one year, right before I went on stage.”
“It’s been normalized,” Solo stated of such habits.
Blatter’s consultant known as the allegation “ridiculous” in an announcement to Expresso and The Guardian.
Solo and Blatter walked on stage collectively in 2013 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 advised The Guardian on Friday, increasing on what she had advised Expresso. “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 stated she by no means noticed Blatter once more after the ceremony. “That was kind of bad,” she advised Expresso. “I didn’t get to tell him directly. ‘Don’t ever touch me!’ That’s the way I’ve always handled things. Directly.”
Blatter, now 81, was banned by FIFA in 2015 over a battle of curiosity relating to a 2 million Swiss franc (£1.35 million) fee made to UEFA president Michel Platini. Blatter had served as FIFA president since 1998.
In 2004, Blatter was criticized for saying girls ought to think about sporting extra revealing uniforms, equivalent to tighter shorts, to deliver extra consideration to the sport.
Last month, Solo posted on Instagram within the wake of revelations in regards to the Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, and on Friday she reiterated her stance to the Guardian that extra have to be finished to fight badual harbadment in girls’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 gained the 2015 World Cup with the U.S., has been sidelined by an harm and has not performed for the nationwide workforce since a six-month suspension for criticizing opponents Sweden on the Olympics in 2016.