Hope Solo accuses former Federation Internationale de Football Association president of sexual assault

Hope Solo says that Sepp Blatter grabbed her'a** just before they went on stage to award Solo's Team USA colleague with the prestigious Ballon d'Or in 2013

Disgraced ex-Fifa president Sepp Blatter has been accused of sexual assault by veteran USA women's goalkeeper Hope Solo.

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 U.S. team that had won the gold medal at the London Olympics. The events took place just before the young woman goes on stage, she says, to return the trophy to the best player of the year, alongside Sepp Blatter. In the case of Sepp Blatter, I got on the stage, I was nervous, I presented the Ballon d'or. "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".

When she expanded on the alleged incident, Solo told the Guardian: "I was in shock and completely thrown off".

Blatter dismissed Solo's claims, telling the Guardian newspaper that the allegation "is ridiculous".

"It's out of control, not just in Hollywood but everywhere", Solo said, referencing the wave of sexual harassment and assault allegations against high-profile men in entertainment and politics, which was triggered by a scandal involving movie mogul Harvey Weinstein.

Solo is the United States' record appearance-maker with 202 caps but was handed a six-month suspension by her national federation after branding Sweden's players "a bunch of cowards" in the aftermath of her team's 2016 Olympic quarter-final defeat on penalties. 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 wish more women, especially in football, would speak against it, about the experiences, because some of those people still work [in football]". I've seen it amongst players in the locker room.

Blatter, 81, has earlier also faced ire over his sexist remarks.

According to information from the british newspaper The Guardian, a spokesman for the former president of Federation Internationale de Football Association, contacted after the charges Hope Solo, has denied the facts. In 2013, he called a female candidate for Fifa's executive committee "good, and good looking".