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Hope Solo accuses former FIFA president Sepp Blatter of sexual assault

By: Rachel Axon, USA TODAY Sports
November 10, 2017 Updated: November 10, 2017 at 9:07 pm
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FILE - In this Feb. 13, 2016, file photo, United States goalie Hope Solo walks off the field at half time of a CONCACAF Olympic qualifying tournament soccer match against Mexico in Frisco, Texas. Solo says she's settled a grievance with U.S. Soccer over her suspension from the women's national team last year following comments she made at the Rio Olympics. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)

American goalkeeper Hope Solo accused former FIFA President Sepp Blatter of sexual assault at the Ballon d’Or awards ceremony in January 2013 in an interview with Expresso, a Portuguese newspaper.

Speaking in Lisbon for the Web Summit, Solo granted Expresso an interview about gender equality and sexual harassment. The newspaper published an excerpt from that conversation on Friday.

In the interview, Solo said she “had Sepp Blatter grab my ass” before she went on stage to present the 2012 FIFA World Player of the Year award to teammate Abby Wambach.

Solo, 36, said she continued on stage to present the award.

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