Hope Solo alleges in a Portuguese newspaper that Sepp Blatter sexually assaulted her

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND (JANUARY 7, 2013) (REUTERS) – Former U.S. women’s soccer team goalkeeper Hope Solo has alleged in a Portuguese newspaper article that former FIFA president Sepp Blatter sexually assaulted her.

Solo made the claims in an interview published by Expresso on Saturday (November 11), claiming that Blatter grabbed her before she presented an award alongside him at FIFA’s Ballon d’Or awards ceremony in January 2013.

A spokesman for Blatter denied the incident took place, telling the BBC that: “This allegation is ridiculous.”.