Hope Solo claims former FIFA president sexually assaulted her in 2013
Longtime U.S. women's national team goalkeeper Hope Solo claims former FIFA president Sepp Blatter sexually assaulted her in 2013 at a FIFA awards ceremony, according to The Guardian and other media outlets.
Solo told Portugese publication Expresso that Blatter grabbed "my ass" at the January 2013 Ballon d'Or ceremony.
"I had Sepp Blatter grab my ass," Solo told Expresso. "It was at the Ballon d'Or, right before I went on stage."
Solo presented the FIFA women's world player of the year award to USWNT striker Abby Wambach. Blatter accompanied her on stage.
“I was in shock and completely thrown off,” Solo told The Guardian.
Blatter denied the allegation to The Guardian.