Hope Solo's credibility questioned by Sepp Blatter after groping claims

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Sepp Blatter has denied groping Hope Solo at the Ballon d'Or award ceremony in 2013.

Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter questioned the character of longtime U.S. women's national team goalkeeper Hope Solo on Thursday, calling her claims of sexual harassment against him "absurd."

Solo recently accused Blatter of groping her at the Ballon d'Or award ceremony in 2013 in Zurich, Switzerland, an allegation that his representatives initially called "ridiculous" and that Blatter himself has now denied in an on-camera interview with SFR Sport.

"It's so absurd," he said. "It's absurd for you, for your editorial board to go on about a theme about this lady. Look at her CV and you'll see I'm right; it's absurd."

Blatter, who had served as FIFA president since 1998, was banned by FIFA in 2015 over a conflict of interest regarding a 2 million Swiss franc payment made to UEFA president Michel Platini. But he pointed out that Solo has also been a controversial figure in recent years.

"You have to go and look," he said. "It's not up to me to declare the difficulties that she has had in her life and why she has had all those difficulties.

"She's not credible to say things like that; it's absurd, it's absurd."

Solo was arrested in a domestic violence incident in 2014, although charges were dropped, and months later she was suspended by the U.S. team for her actions in connection to her husband's arrest. She said afterward she was seeking treatment over anger issues.

Last year she served a six-month suspension from the national team for criticizing opponents at the Olympics. She has not played since because of an injury.

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