November 10, 2017 21:02 GMT by bleacherreport.com

Hope Solo Says Sepp Blatter Sexually Assaulted Her at 2013 Ballon d'Or Awards

Hope Solo Says Sepp Blatter Sexually Assaulted Her at 2013 Ballon d'Or Awards

Former USWNT goalkeeper Hope Solo says former FIFA president Sepp Blatter sexually assaulted her at the 2013 Ballon d'Or awards. Blatter has denied the allegations.  Speaking to Expresso (h/t the Guardian's David Conn and Nelson Marques), Solo said Blatter touched her in an inappropriate manner just moments before the two took the stage together: "I had Sepp Blatter grab my ass. It was at ...

Former USWNT goalkeeper Hope Solo says former FIFA president Sepp Blatter sexually assaulted her at the 2013 Ballon d'Or awards. Blatter has denied the allegations. 

Speaking to Expresso (h/t the Guardian's David Conn and Nelson Marques), Solo said Blatter touched her in an inappropriate manner just moments before the two took the stage together:

"I had Sepp Blatter grab my ass. It was at the Ballon d’Or, right before I went on stage. [Sexual harassment] has been normalised. ...

"I was in shock and completely thrown off. I had to quickly pull myself together to present my team-mate with the biggest award of her career and celebrate with her in that moment, so I completely shifted my focus to Abby (Wambach)."

                

This article will be updated to provide more information on this story as it becomes available.

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