Former FIFA President Joseph "Sepp" Blatter became the latest high-profile men to be accused of sexual assault after former Washington Huskies and Seattle Reign FC goalie Hope Solo said he grabbed her at an award ceremony. She says that the incident occurred at the 2012 FIFA Ballon d'Or ceremony, when she was part of the presentation of the Women's World Player of the Year award to her teammate, Abby Wambach.
SolotoldThe Guardian that she had to compose herself to make a speech before she handed the award to her US teammate Abby Wambach.
She presented the Federation Internationale de Football Association women's world player of the year award alongside the 81-year-old at the glitzy ceremony.
"I was in shock and completely thrown off".
Blatter, via his spokesman, on Friday night denied that such an incident had taken place.
The shocking claim was made after she was asked if sexual harassment was as much an issue in women's soccer as it has been in Hollywood.
'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 has taken to social media to praise those who have spoken out against sexual harassment using the hashtag #MeToo. That needs to change.
Solo is the United States' record appearance-maker with 202 caps but was handed a six-month suspension by her national federation after branding Sweden's players "a bunch of cowards" in the aftermath of her team's 2016 Olympic quarter-final defeat on penalties.
"It can happen across the board, it can happen between women, it can happen anywhere", she said. "They could, for example, have tighter shorts".
It is not the first time Blatter, who won five elections as Federation Internationale de Football Association president between 1998 and 2015 before being banned for ethic breaches, has faced criticism for his treatment of women. I've seen it among players in the locker room.
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