Hope Solo accuses former Federation Internationale de Football Association boss Sepp Blatter of sexual assault

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"I had Sepp Blatter grab my ass", Solo said, describing the incident to Portuguese outlet Expresso.

Solo said it came in January of 2013, right before the two went on stage to present an award.

Solo and Blatter walked on stage together to present the women's world player of the year to her USA teammate Abby Wambach.

When asked why she didn't come forward before with her allegations against Blatter, Solo says she usually confronts the person directly if she has an issue.

A spokesman for Blatter told both Expresso and United Kingdom newspaper The Guardian that the accusations made by Solo were "ridiculous".

Blatter has denied the accusation, with his spokesman telling The Guardian: "This allegation is ridiculous".

She said that sexual harrassment at the hands of male officials was a common problem in women's football. She had to pull herself together quickly to give the award to Wambach.

"Can I talk about that?" she continued.

"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", she wrote on Instagram.

A representative for Solo confirmed Friday to The Associated Press that the report was accurate and that the former goalkeeper for the US women's national team had no further comment on the matter. "I did not get to tell him directly 'Do not ever touch me!' That's the way I've always handled things". "And I wish more female athletes would speak out about their own experiences". He suggested in 2004 that female players could wear "tighter shorts" like "they do in volleyball." and in 2013, he called a female candidate for FIFA's executive committee "good, and good looking". I've seen it among players in the locker room.

Blatter, now 81, was banned by Federation Internationale de Football Association in 2015 after serving as president since 1998.

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