'Sepp Blatter sexually assaulted me,' says former United States goalkeeper Hope Solo

Solo is a two-time gold winner at the Olympics and said she was left'in shock by the Fifa president's alleged grope

FORMER Fifa president Sepp Blatter has been accused of sexual assault by former United States of America goalkeeper Hope Solo.

Solo, 36, said she "had Sepp Blatter grab my ass", at the Ballon d'Or awards gala in Switzerland, when she presended the women's world player of the year award - while Blatter stood next to her on the stage - to US teammate Abby Wambach.

Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter has found himself in a new scandal. "Can-I-talk-about-that-" target="_blank">told media outlet "Expresso" that Blatter grabbed her rear at an awards ceremony. She said it occurred just before she presented the women's player of the year award at the Ballon D'or in Switzerland. Solo claims Blatter grabbed her behind then.

"I speak out directly [with people] when things like that happen", she said.

Blatter denied the allegation to The Guardian. She says she has seen such inappropriate sexual conduct throughout her career and notes it is not limited to Hollywood or the entertainment industry.

"I'm actually very disappointed with the women who haven't spoken about it in the sports world", Solo said.

"For the past few days, I have been thinking about all the uncomfortable situations myself and/or my team-mates have experienced throughout the years with trainers, doctors, coaches, executives and even team-mates", she wrote on Instagram. That needs to change.

This isn't the first time a negative light has been on Blatter regarding female players. In 2004, he landed in hot water after saying women's soccer should use sex appeal as a way to grow the game.

"They could, for example, have tighter shorts", Blatter said.

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

Blatter, 81, served as Federation Internationale de Football Association president from 1998 until 2015, when he was banned by the organization over an ethics scandal that shook the sports world at the time.

Solo, a World Cup victor and two-time Olympic champion, made the allegations on the sidelines of the Web Summit being held in Lisbon.

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