Former FIFA President Joseph "Sepp" Blatter became the latest high-profile men to be accused of sexual assault after former Washington Huskies and Seattle Reign FC goalie Hope Solo said he grabbed her at an award ceremony.
Solo, 36, said she "had Sepp Blatter grab my ass", at the Ballon d'Or awards gala in Switzerland, when she presended the women's world player of the year award - while Blatter stood next to her on the stage - to U.S. teammate Abby Wambach.
"I had Sepp Blatter grab my a-", Solo told Expresso when asked about sexual harassment in women's soccer.
She had been "nervous" before the event, and was left "in shock" just seconds before they were to go on stage for what would be one of the biggest moments in her friend's life, Solo revealed.
Solo was presenting the Federation Internationale de Football Association women's player of the year award alongside Blatter, to her U.S. teammate striker Abby Wambach.
"I had some bad experiences with players who are still on the team".
Solo has taken to social media to praise those who have spoken out against sexual harassment using the hashtag #MeToo.
"I speak out directly [with people] when things like that happen".
"Let the women play in more feminine clothes like they do in volleyball", Blatter said.
Solo, who is the most capped goalkeeper in United States history with 202 appearances, recently spoke out about sexual harassment in sport. I've seen it amongst players in the locker room. I always felt I'd "handled it' and stood up for myself in those situations, but there were never any consequences for the perpetrators". In 2004, he flared tempers when he suggested women female soccer players should wear "more feminine clothes", including "tighter shorts".
It is not the first time Blatter, who won five elections as Federation Internationale de Football Association president between 1998 and 2015 before being banned for ethic breaches, has faced criticism for his treatment of women.