Sepp Blatter accused of Sexual Assault

Solo- seen here presenting the female player of the year award to Abby Wambach- said she had to swallow her anger and press on so as not to spoil her friend's big moment

The 81-year-old Blatter served as Federation Internationale de Football Association president for almost 17 years before being kicked out of office and suspended amid accusations of widespread corruption. In the columns of the Portuguese newspaper, the footballer-american, also affirms that sexual harassment is "rife" in the world of sport and regrets that such behavior is "become the norm".

Hope Solo, the USA women's soccer (football) team's standout goalkeeper, says that former FIFA president Sepp Blatter sexually assaulted her in 2013 at an awards event.

She revealed: "I had Sepp Blatter grab my ass [turns towards her press assistant, Melinda Travis]".

Solo, 36, presented on the stage to present Federation Internationale de Football Association women's world player of the year alongside Blatter, to her colleague and striker Abby Wambach on the United States of America team that had won the gold medal at the London Olympics.

The 36-year-old expanded on the alleged incident when she told The Guardian: "I was in shock and completely thrown off. It was at the Ballon d'Or, right before I went on stage... it [sexual harassment] has been normalised".

Solo went on to add that sexual harassment was rife in all walks of life - claims she said she had witnessed with her own eyes - and stated that more needed to come forward with their stories to combat the "rampant" issue. "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". 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..." I've seen it amongst players in the locker room.

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. "That's the way I've always handled things - directly". In other cases, for instance, I've told my teammates: "Don't ever f*****g touch me! Don't do it". It has been in the showers, it's been in the locker room. "I don't know why more players don't speak out".

On the official Fifa film of the event, which was hosted by the Dutch football legend Ruud Gullit and the broadcaster Kay Murray, 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. It was the Ballon d'Or I was presenting.

"I have seen this all of my career and I would like to see more athletes speak about their experiences", said Solo. He served as the organization's president from 1998 until the ban. In 2013, he called a female candidate for Fifa's executive committee "good, and good looking".

Related News:

  • Senate bill retains mortgage interest deduction

    Senate bill retains mortgage interest deduction

    Another possible good news for the fight against the House GOP's move to repeal the federal tax credit for electric vehicles. The plan's elimination of a federal tax deduction for state and local taxes has sparked the most resistance from the party.
    Kate Upton, Justin Verlander Marry In Weekend Wedding In Tuscany

    Kate Upton, Justin Verlander Marry In Weekend Wedding In Tuscany

    At the last moment, he accepted a trade to Houston and helped pitch the team to its first-ever World Series title this week. And the celebrations will continue as the duo are apparently jetting to Europe for a picturesque wedding in Tuscany.
    Beyonce Slays While Channeling Lil' Kim for Halloween

    Beyonce Slays While Channeling Lil' Kim for Halloween

    She completed the look with black sunglasses and ever wore a wig to match Lil' Kim's dark locks in the video. Perhaps the most recognizable look was the white shirt paired with Chanel suspenders and red pants .
  • Alibaba Singles Day sales hit $1 billion in just 2 minutes

    Alibaba Singles Day sales hit $1 billion in just 2 minutes

    Alibaba's payments affiliate, Alipay, processed $17.8 billion of transactions on November 11 previous year . In two minutes of sales time, Alibaba's gross merchandise volume totaled $1 billion.
    Nokia 5 is now available in 3GB RAM Variant

    Nokia 5 is now available in 3GB RAM Variant

    This variant ( Nokia 5 3GB RAM ) will also be exclusively available from Flipkart starting November 7 and selected retail outlets. HMD Global has announced that it is launching a new version of the Nokia 5 phone in the country, which includes 3GB of RAM.
    Long-awaited Republican legislation calls for deep tax cuts

    Long-awaited Republican legislation calls for deep tax cuts

    Those changes will amount to a tax increase on high-income taxpayers with pricey homes, even if they get lower income tax rates. And a new family credit of $1,600 would replace the existing child tax credit of $1,000.
  • Majority of Americans are stressed about the country's future

    Majority of Americans are stressed about the country's future

    But this year, Americans are more likely to report symptoms of stress, which include anxiety, anger and fatigue, the survey found. Overall, Americans' stress level in 2017 is, on average, the same as it was in 2016: 4.8 on a 10-point scale.
    Nintendo Announce Black Friday Zelda Bundles!

    Nintendo Announce Black Friday Zelda Bundles!

    There's no new game content in this particular bundle and customers won't even get the DLC that has been released for it so far. The package comes with the green 2DS, AC adapter, and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D pre-installed.
    Tester, Daines Grill Officials Over Whitefish Energy Contract

    Tester, Daines Grill Officials Over Whitefish Energy Contract

    Byrne stopped short of committing to meeting Rossello's benchmark of restoring 95 percent of power by mid-December. According to PREPA head Ricardo Ramos, FEMA approved the Whitefish deal, but FEMA officials said they did not.
  • Eddie Howe wants goals in Bournemouth's

    Eddie Howe wants goals in Bournemouth's "season-defining" trip to Newcastle

    Newcastle , with Dwight Gayle and Isaac Hayden recalled to the starting XI , were dominant before the break. A late goal from Steve Cook gave Eddie Howe's side a hard-fought 1-0 victory at St James's Park .
    Bakersfield native and former National Football League  player is primary suspect in wife's death

    Bakersfield native and former National Football League player is primary suspect in wife's death

    This comes as charges were filed against McClanahan for allegedly kidnapping his own 8-year-old son from school last month. Keri McClanahan reportedly fled from her husband multiple times since and had recently gone to Utah, the Tribune reported.
    Google goes head to head with Microsoft for heart of 3D creators

    Google goes head to head with Microsoft for heart of 3D creators

    With the rise in the availability of 3D content on the web, the need for sharing platforms for 3D objects has also risen. Those who want to use Poly creations outside of Blocks and Tilt Brush can simply download them in OBJ form.


Most liked

Spanish Supreme Court releases Catalan parliament speaker on bail
Former regional president Carles Puigdemont and four other ex-cabinet members fled to Belgium where they are fighting extradition. However, On October 27, the majority of Catalan lawmakers backed the resolution, outlining the independence declaration.

TPP countries to discuss agreement in principle on trade deal: Japan
It also has provisions for protecting everything from labour rights to the environment to intellectual property - one of the main sticking points.

The best action from WWE Smackdown featuring AJ Styles
Goliath scenario. "Congrats to my friend John Cena who qualified for the survivor series fair and square. go get them TIGER". We'll see what flushes out, but right now it is looking like an attention grabbing title change for the show.

Roy Halladay Latest News, Photos, and Videos
The spokesperson for the Sheriff's office said the National Transportation Safety Board will be leading the investigation. They said they couldn't confirm if there were additional passengers on the plane or say where it was headed.

Intel and AMD are working together on a new laptop chip
ILLEGAL ACTIVITY WARNING: This article was originally reported by Week Herald and is the sole property of of Week Herald. Advanced Micro Devices has a 1 year low of $6.22 and a 1 year high of $15.65. (NASDAQ: AMD ) opened at 8.71 on Friday.

Jennifer Lawrence and Kim Kardashian West Is the Friendship We Deserve
"So do you and Kanye , like, fart in front of each other?" Lawrence asked at one point. Watch the rest of the hilarious interview below.

Two-year-old toddler among at least 27 dead — TEXAS HORROR
Lord have mercy", tweeted Russell Moore of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention. The shooter has been "taken down", Wilson County Sheriff Joe Tackett was quoted as saying by The Wilson County News .

Costello to start against Washington State
San Francisco, the major city closest to Stanford's campus in Palo Alto, recently went 35 years without snowfall . Washington State has had an up-and-down month, but the Cougars are pretty tough at home.

Jared Kushner's team turned over documents to special counsel in Russian Federation investigation
Trump's approval rating at 38 percent - the lowest for the survey since February, when he was a month into his presidency. Although Kushner's name has not yet officially come up in Mueller's investigation, it appears it is about to happen soon.

Unemployment rates in Montreal, Quebec rise slightly in October
Among major Canadian cities, only Calgary and Edmonton had higher unemployment rates, at 8.3 and 8.2 per cent respectively. It's the first time the jobless rate has been above 6 per cent in London since June.

For Halloween, Hillary Clinton Will Dress Up as ... the President
The former Democratic presidential candidate was interviewed in front of a large group of supporters by author Cheryl Strayed on Monday night.

Predicted Liverpool side to play Maribor: Solanke and Woodburn should start
We want to have three points, a clean sheet and a better position after the game than we have now. Joe Gomez and Alberto Moreno will be assessed while Loris Karius will start in goal.

Apple's Engineer fired for the daughter's small mistake
With that said, the iPhone X's display is probably as expensive to replace a Galaxy S8's display, which could cost around RM1,500. In response to Pixel 2 screen burn-in and other issues, Google has increased the warranty offered on its newest smartphones.

Colton Haynes & Jeff Leatham Get Married After an 8-Month Relationship
When you learn to really love someone, it's completely life-changing. "It's just wonderful when you find someone who kind of teaches you to love yourself more", Haynes said.

Morata reminisces on his Juventus days
Alvaro Morata has denied he dislikes living in London, saying he would "probably" sign a 10-year deal at Chelsea if he could. When I say it's a special city, I'm only talking about the traffic and that there are a lot of people.