United States women’s national team goalkeeper Hope Solo says then-FIFA president Sepp Blatter sexually assaulted her in 2013. Speaking to Expresso while in Portugal, Solo said Blatter groped her at the Ballon d’Or award ceremony. “I had Sepp Blatter grab my ass,” Solo told Expresso. “… It was at the Ballon d’Or one year, right before I went on stage.” “It’s been normalized,” Solo said of such behavior. Blatter’s representative called the allegation “ridiculous” in a statement to Expresso and The Guardian. Solo and Blatter walked on stage together in January 2013 to present the 2012 women’s world player of the year award to Solo’s U.S. teammate Abby Wambach. “I was in shock and completely thrown off,” Solo told The Guardian on Friday, expanding on what she had told Expresso. “I had to quickly pull myself together to present my teammate with the biggest award of her career and celebrate with her in that moment, so I…

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