US Women’s Keeper Solo Says Ex-FIFA president Blatter, Groped Her Before Ballon d’Or Ceremony

Hope Solo, a two-time Olympic gold medalist and goalkeeper for the US women’s soccer team says she was groped by the sport’s then-most powerful man in 2013.

Solo, 36, said that Sepp Blatter, 81, then the president of international soccer organizers Fifa, ‘grabbed her a**’ just before they were to give her teammate an award for player of the year.

She revealed that 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 made the revelations in an interview with Portuguese paper Tribuna Expresso.

The player was at the Ballon d’Or Awards to present the female player of the year award to USA teammate Abby Wambach.

Blatter, who resigned from Fifa in 2015 amid a bribery scandal, grabbed her ‘right before I went on stage,’ she alleged.

Representatives of the former Fifa president were quick to deny the claim telling newspapers: ‘This allegation is ridiculous.’

She later elaborated on the claim to The Guardian, saying: ‘I was in shock and completely thrown off.

‘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.’

Footage from the night shows Solo seemingly stuttering over her words – possibly through anger or discomfort – and glancing repeatedly at Blatter.

Solo told Expresso that she’d never brought up the issue before because usually ‘I speak out directly [with people] when things like that happen.

‘In other cases, for instance, I’ve told my teammates: “Don’t ever f**king touch me! Don’t do it”. It has been in the showers, it’s been in the locker room… I usually speak directly with the person.

‘In the case of Sepp Blatter, I went on the stage, I was nervous for the presentation… It was the Ballon D’Or I was presenting.

‘After that I didn’t see him, and that was kind of bad. I didn’t get to tell him directly “Don’t ever touch me!” That’s the way I’ve always handled things. Directly.’

-Dailymail

Fifa: Sepp Blatter, Jerome Valcke And Markus Kattner ‘awarded themselves Sh6 billion’

Former high-ranking Fifa officials Sepp Blatter, Jerome Valcke and Markus Kattner awarded themselves pay rises and bonuses worth $80m (Sh 6bn) over five years, say Fifa lawyers.

Football’s governing body revealed the contracts of ex-president Blatter, fired ex-secretary general Valcke and sacked former finance director Kattner one day after a Swiss police raid.

Its lawyers said there was evidence that the trio made “a coordinated effort” to “enrich themselves” between 2011 and 2015.

Documents and electronic data were seized during Thursday’s operation, which relates to investigations into Blatter and Valcke.

Suspected of criminal mismanagement of Fifa money, Blatter and Valcke were banned for six and 12 years respectively by the governing body’s ethics committee in February. Both deny wrongdoing.

A statement for the Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland (OAG), which carried out the investigations, read: “Documents and electronic data were seized and will now be examined to determine their relevance to the ongoing proceedings.”

Fifa said the evidence uncovered by its own internal investigation would be shared with the Swiss Attorney General’s office and the US Department of Justice.

Blatter’s long-time advisor and spokesman Klaus Stoehlker told BBC Sport he would be ending their professional relationship, adding: “The Fifa volcano is exploding now.”

Fifa has been in turmoil since May 2015, when a US investigation exposed widespread corruption at the top of the organisation.

Blatter And Platini Could Face Longer Bans

Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini. | image source: AFP | 

FIFA president Sepp Blatter and UEFA boss Michel Platini could face longer bans from football despite being handed eight-year suspensions last month.

FIFA’s ethics committee wanted lifetime bans and will appeal against the sentences in a bid to increase them.

The duo were found guilty of breaches surrounding a £1.3m ($2m) “disloyal payment” made to Platini in 2011.

Both Swiss Blatter, 79, and Frenchman Platini, 60, deny wrongdoing and have also appealed against their bans.

FIFA’s appeals committee will hear all the appeals, but the cases could go to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

Platini had hoped to replace Blatter as FIFA president when elections take place on 26 February but says he will not stand.

– BBC

I Was Close To Death, Blatter Says

Sepp Blatter. | image source: AFP

Suspended FIFA president Sepp Blatter has said he feared he was dying during a recent health scare.

Blatter, 79, who is serving a 90-day suspension from football, spent six days in hospital earlier this month with a stress-related illness.

“I was between the angels who were singing and the devil who was lighting the fire, but it was the angels who sang,” said Blatter.

“I was close to dying. At some stage the body says ‘no, enough is enough’.”

Blatter, who has been in charge of football’s world governing body for nearly 18 years, was provisionally suspended after being accused of signing a contract “unfavourable” to FIFA and making a “disloyal payment” to UEFA president Michel Platini.

Read more at: http://www.bbc.com/sport/0/football/34898229

Sepp Blatter should win Nobel peace prize – Putin

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Fifa president Sepp Blatter deserves a Nobel Prize, says Russian president Vladimir Putin.

World football’s governing body is engulfed in a corruption crisis, including an investigation into the award of the 2018 World Cup to Russia.

“People like Mr Blatter or the heads of big international sporting federations, or the Olympic Games, deserve special recognition,” said Putin.

“If there is anyone who deserves the Nobel Prize, it’s those people.”

Blatter announced he would be stepping down on 2 June following the arrest of seven Fifa officials as part of a United States investigation that saw 14 people indicted on corruption charges.

A separate criminal investigation by Swiss authorities into how the 2018 and 2022 World Cups were allocated is also under way.

Blatter, 79, has said he has a “clear conscience”, and is planning to remain in office until Fifa holds an extraordinary congress to elect his successor next February.

“We all know the situation developing around Mr Blatter right now,” added Putin in an interview with Swiss television.

“I don’t want to go into details but I don’t believe a word about him being involved in corruption personally.”

-BBC

Russian President Putin Says FIFA Boss Blatter Deserves A Nobel Prize

FIFA Boss Sepp Blatter (L) with Russian President Vladimir Putin. | image source: BBC

FIFA president Sepp Blatter deserves a Nobel Prize, says Russian president Vladimir Putin.

World football’s governing body is engulfed in a corruption crisis, including an investigation into the award of the 2018 FIFA World Cup to Russia.

“People like Mr Blatter or the heads of big international sporting federations, or the Olympic Games, deserve special recognition,” said Putin.

“If there is anyone who deserves the Nobel Prize, it’s those people.”

Blatter announced he would be stepping down on 2 June following the arrest of seven FIFA officials as part of a United States investigation that saw 14 people indicted on corruption charges.

A separate criminal investigation by Swiss authorities into how the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cups were allocated is also under way.

Blatter, 79, has said he has a “clear conscience”, and is planning to remain in office until FIFA holds an extraordinary congress to elect his successor next February.

“We all know the situation developing around Mr Blatter right now,” added Putin in an interview with Swiss television.

“I don’t want to go into details but I don’t believe a word about him being involved in corruption personally.

– BBC

Fake Banknote Protester Interrupts Blatter Press Conference

A British comedian on Monday interrupted a press conference by FIFA president Sepp Blatter, throwing paper money in front of Blatter just as he was about to speak.

The 79-year-old Blatter was about to give details of a special election for a new president when he was interrupted by Simon Brodkin who was immediately taken away by security guards.

The press conference was halted for a few minutes while the paper was cleaned up before Blatter returned and blamed the incident on “a lack of education”.

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Blatter hires top US lawyer

FIFA chief Sepp Blatter has hired former federal prosecutor Richard Cullen to represent him as the ongoing corruption investigation engulfs football’s governing body.

The secretary general of FIFA, Jerome Valcke, has in turn retained another American lawyer, Barry Berke, a FIFA spokesman told AFP.

Cullen, 67, was a federal attorney in Virginia and is currently the head of the high-powered firm of McGuireWoods LLP, which is based in the US state, and has offices in London and Brussels.

He is also a close associate of FBI director James Comey and worked for Tiger Woods’s ex-wife Elin Nordegren when the golf superstar’s marriage was falling apart.

New York-based Berke once represented banking giants JP Morgan Chase after the global financial crisis.

Photo Credits : AFP

‘Sepp Blatter Tournament’ to go ahead

Despite a deepening corruption scandal at FIFA, an annual charity event carrying the outgoing president Sepp Blatter’s name will go ahead, organisers said on Thursday.

German great Franz Beckenbauer, who has refused to criticise Blatter and was a FIFA executive between 2007-2011, took part in the last edition.

European football head Michel Platini, now one of Blatter’s fiercest critics, has also been a guest at the amateur charity event.

The tournament takes place at Ulrichen, close to where Blatter hails from. It is due to be held on August 22.

Blatter was reelected to the head of FIFA late last month in Zurich for a fifth term as president, only three days after 14 FIFA officials and partners were charged as part of a corruption investigation led by US authorities.

But four days after that Blatter announced his resignation.

According to Swiss media, Blatter has been in a relaxed mood despite the scandal which has engulfed the body he has headed since 1998.

One report claimed that he is even pondering hiring top lawyer Lorenz Erni, who was the man who helped film director Roman Polanski avoid extradition to the United States in 2009/2010.

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Check out Diblo Kaberia’s fans’ hilarious responses to his FIFA post bid

When he is not behind the microphone commentating a big Kenyan or English premier league match, Radio Jambo’s Diblo Kaberia is always busy engaging his fans on social media.

Following news of Sepp Blatter’s decision to step down as FIFAboss, the self proclaimed ‘magician’ was among the first people who took to social media to air their views. But just when we thought he was done, he again used the same platform to announce his intentions of vying for the vacant post and what followed was simply hilarious.

Check out some of the hilarious reactions from his fans:

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