Hope Solo accuses former Federation Internationale de Football Association president of sexual assault

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Joseph Blatter, former president of Federation Internationale de Football Association, has been accused by Hope Solo, former USA goalkeeper of sexual assault during the Ballon d'Or ceremony in 2013, according to Portuguese weekly Expresso and published, and expanded upon, by the Guardian.

Solo told Portuguese publication Expresso that Blatter grabbed her "ass" at the January 2013 Ballon d'Or ceremony.

Talking to Expresso, the United States of America shot-stopper claimed that Blatter grabbed her from behind just moments before they were set to go on stage.

"It was at the Ballon d'Or one year".

Solo said she never saw Blatter again after the ceremony and was disappointed not to be able to "tell him directly, 'Don't ever touch me!'"

Blatter could not immediately be reached for comment, but the embattled former head of soccer's governing body told the Guardian newspaper: "This allegation is ridiculous".

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Last month, Solo posted on Instagram in the wake of revelations about the Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, and on Friday she reiterated her stance to the Guardian that more must be done to combat sexual harassment in women's sports.

"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".

Solo and Blatter presented the Federation Internationale de Football Association women's player of the year award to Solo's US national team teammate Abby Wambach at the ceremony on January 07, 2013, in Zurich.

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Blatter, 81, was elected FIFA's president five times between 1998 and 2015, but he lost his position due to ethics breaches. I've seen it amongst players in the locker room. In 2004, he flared tempers when he suggested women female soccer players should wear "more feminine clothes", including "tighter shorts".

"It can happen across the board, it can happen between women, it can happen anywhere", she said. "That decision was taken to create a more female aesthetic, so why not do it in fashion?"