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BREAKING: USWNT Goalkeeper Hope Solo Accuses Ex-FIFA President of Sexual Assault
With Hollywood being brought to its knees with allegations of sexual misconduct from very powerful people in the business, it’s given the strength to many women to finally speak out and state their own personal experiences.
Hope Solo was next to put her name on the list of women who are ready to expose their abusers and finally get the justice they so rightfully deserve.
The USWNT goalkeeper has accused former Fifa president Sepp Blatter of having sexually assaulted her at FIFA’s Ballon d’Or awards ceremony in January 2013.
Breaking: Former USWNT goalkeeper Hope Solo accuses ex-FIFA president Sepp Blatter of sexual assault pic.twitter.com/fqcJO4E0fC
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The Guardian explained what happened in detail:
In an interview with the Portuguese newspaper Expresso, being published on Saturday, Solo, 36, claimed she “had Sepp Blatter grab my ass” at the glittering presentation of Fifa’s annual football awards for achievement during 2012.
Solo was shown coming on to the stage with Blatter from behind a curtain at the back of the stage, to present the award to Wambach. Talking to Expresso about sexual harassment in general, which Solo says is “rampant” in sport, she claimed Blatter grabbed her behind seconds before they both went on stage: “I had Sepp Blatter grab my ass,” she said. “It was at the Ballon d’Or, right before I went on stage. [Sexual harassment] has been normalised.”
Expanding on the alleged incident on Friday, Solo told the Guardian that she had to compose herself immediately afterwards to concentrate on making her speech and giving the presentation to Wambach. “I was in shock and completely thrown off,” Solo said. “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.”
Sepp Blatter, through a spokesperson, has already denied any wrongdoing. “This allegation is ridiculous,” he said.
Following the events in Hollywood with women accusing Harvey Weinstein of various things, Solo took to Instagram to congratulate the women who had spoken out. She also used the hashtag #MeToo to tell her own story:
“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. From inappropriate comments, unwanted advances and grabs of the ass to coaches and [general managers] and even press officers speaking about players’ ‘tits’ and physical appearance, sexual harassment is rampant in the sports world. I always felt I’d ‘handled it’ and stood up for myself in those situations, but there were never any consequences for the perpetrators. That needs to change. Silence will not change the world!”