She revealed: "I had Sepp Blatter grab my ass [turns towards her press assistant, Melinda Travis]".
Joseph Blatter, former president of Federation Internationale de Football Association, has been accused by Hope Solo, former U.S. goalkeeper of sexual assault during the Ballon d'Or ceremony in 2013, according to Portuguese weekly Expresso and published, and expanded upon, by the Guardian. "Can-I-talk-about-that-">Portuguese newspaper Expresso she "had Sepp Blatter grab my ass" before the two presented FIFA's women's player of the year award at the 2013 Ballon d'Or awards ceremony.
"It's out of control, not just in Hollywood but everywhere", she said, referencing the increasing number of harassment and assault allegations against men in the US film industry. "And I wish more female athletes would speak out about their own experiences. Sexual harassment has been normalised". "It's rampant, it's not just in Hollywood, it's probably all over the place".
"It has been in the showers, it's been in the locker room".
A spokesman for Blatter, however, said the accusation was "ridiculous". With Blatter, she said as it happened seconds before she went on stage, she was unable to confront him, did not have an opportunity to do so when they left the stage and has never seen him since. I didn't get to tell him directly 'Don't ever touch me!' That's the way I've always handled things. "I had to submit to my co-fellow [Abby Wambach, victor of the Golden Ball 2013, editor's note] the biggest prize of his career, and celebrate with it this time, so I dedicated all my attention", she also added. "For years, in the past, female players date and end up marrying their college coaches, which obviously a coach should not be doing, especially with a young player".
"I've seen it not just with coaches". Female players are pretty, if you excuse me for saying so, and they already have some different rules to men - such as playing with a lighter ball.
When she expanded on the alleged incident, Solo told the Guardian: "I was in shock and completely thrown off".
Hope Solo, capped more than 200 times at worldwide level by the United States, accuses former Federation Internationale de Football Association president Sepp Blatter of sexual harassment.
Blatter, 81, has earlier also faced ire over his sexist remarks.