Soccer player Hope Solo says she was sexually assaulted by the former president of FIFA during the 2013 Ballon d'Or awards ceremony, the New York Daily News reports.
The goalkeeper for the US Women's National Team tells Portuguese newspaper Tribuna Expresso that she "had Sepp Blatter grab my ass" backstage just before they presented the FIFA women's player of the year award to Solo's teammate Abby Wambach.
“I was in shock and completely thrown off,” Solo tells the Guardian. “I had to quickly pull myself together." She says she regrets that the situation didn't give her time to confront Blatter. "I didn’t get to tell him directly, ‘Don’t ever touch me!’" she tells Expresso. "That’s the way I’ve always handled things. Directly."