Hope Solo says ex-FIFA president Sepp Blatter grabbed her inappropriately

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Blatter, the ousted head of the global soccer governing body, is the latest prominent man to be accused of sexual misconduct after US women's soccer goalkeeper Hope Solo accused him of assaulting her at FIFA's Ballon d'Or awards ceremony in 2013. "It's been normalized", said Solo, who presented the FIFA's women's player of the year award in January 2013 and shared the stage with Blatter.

USA forward Alex Morgan has said that Blatter failed to recognize her at the annual award event in 2012, even though she was one of three nominees for the women's Player of the Year.

"It was at the Ballon D'or one year, right before I went on stage", Solo said of the alleged assault.

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. Directly", she told the to the Guardian, a spokesman for Blatter said the incident never took place.

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'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'. "I did not get to tell him directly 'Do not ever touch me!' That's the way I've always handled things".

Solo hasn't played for the USWNT since she was suspended from the program in 2016.

Solo, who is the most capped goalkeeper in USA football history, recently shared her views regarding sexual harassment in sport with her 868,000 Instagram followers. Silence will not change the world!

Blatter also famously argued in 2004 that players could boost the popularity of the women's game by wearing tighter shorts. "It can happen all across the board, it can happen between women, it can happen anywhere", she said. "And I wish more female athletes would speak out about their own experiences". I've seen it among players in the locker room.

The 81-year-old Blatter was banned by Federation Internationale de Football Association in 2015 for ethics breaches.