United States global goalkeeper Hope Solo has accused ousted Federation Internationale de Football Association president Sepp Blatter of "grabbing" her inappropriately at the Ballon d'Or ceremony in 2013.
In 2012, U.S. forward Alex Morgan said that Blatter failed to recognize her during that year's Ballon d'Or, even though she was one of three nominees for the women's Player of the Year.
USA forward Alex Morgan has said that Blatter failed to recognize her at the annual awards event in 2012, even though she was one of three nominees for the women's Player of the Year.
According to information from the british newspaper The Guardian, a spokesman for the former president of Federation Internationale de Football Association, contacted after the charges Hope Solo, has denied the facts. "It was at the Ballon d'Or, right before I went on stage", Solo said.
Hope Solo, capped more than 200 times at global level by the United States, accuses former Federation Internationale de Football Association president Sepp Blatter of sexual harassment.
"It's out of control, not just in Hollywood but everywhere", Solo said, referencing the wave of sexual harassment and assault allegations against high-profile men in entertainment and politics, which was triggered by a scandal involving movie mogul Harvey Weinstein. "I was in shock, completely shaken", she entrusted.
Blatter has a history of sexist behavior when it comes to women's soccer. "After [the ceremony] I have not seen and have not been able to confront it", said the sport.
Blatter has responded to the allegation as "ridiculous". She had to pull herself together quickly to give the award to Wambach. From inappropriate comments, unwanted advances and grabs of the ass to coaches and GMs and even press officers speaking about players "tits" and physical appearance, sexual harassment is rampant in the sports world. I didn't get to tell him directly "don't ever touch me". On his account Instagram, she wrote, with the hashtag #MoiAussi: "the past few days, I think back to all those uncomfortable situations that I and my co-équipières have lived for years with coaches, doctors, personal club..." That needs to change.
When asked why she had never brought it up previously, Solo admitted it is because she usually like to take it up with the person directly, rather than flush it out to the press. In 2004, he landed in hot water after saying women's soccer should use sex appeal as a way to grow the game. "I don't know why more players don't speak out against it".
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