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SEATTLE---US women s soccer star goalkeeper
Hope Solo was arrested at a suburban Seattle home
on suspicion of assaulting her sister and 17-year-
old nephew, but her attorney insisted that Solo
herself was a victim in the altercation.
"Hope is not guilty of any crime," attorney Todd
Maybrown said in an email to The Associated Press
Saturday. "In fact, our investigation reveals that Hope
was assaulted and injured during this unfortunate
incident. We look forward to the opportunity to pres-
ent the true facts in court and to having this matter
behind Hope very soon."
Officers responded to her sister s home just before
1 am Saturday after receiving a call to the emergency
dispatcher that a woman at the Kirkland residence
was hitting people and that she refused to stop or
leave, the Kirkland Police Department said in a news
They found Solo intoxicated and upset, saw injuries
on her nephew and her sister, and arrested her after
speaking with those present and determining that
she was the primary aggressor, the release said.
She was booked into jail for investigation of two
counts of fourth-degree domestic violence assault,
and she was expected to remain in custody until an
appearance Monday at Kirkland Municipal Court.
A telephone number listed for her was not accepting
incoming calls Saturday, and the voice mail for a
listing at the sister s home was full.
The sister was not identified by police, but in her
memoir, Solo writes that she has a half sister named
Solo, 32, has won two Olympic gold medals for
the US women s national team. She also plays with
the Seattle Reign of the National Women s Soccer
In 2012, she married former Seattle Seahawks tight
end Jerramy Stevens. He was arrested just before
their wedding for investigation of assault after a dis-
turbance involving her, but he was not charged. May-
brown represented Stevens in that case.
Solo said soon afterward that there never was an
assault and that she and her new husband were
"It s unfortunate what the media can do to judge
before the facts are out there. It s hard to see, but
it s a hard truth, and it s part of life," she said then.
"I m happy. I m happily married. I would never stand
for domestic violence. I ve never been hit in my life."
FIFA: No comment on US$200k pay for board members
RIO DE JANEIRO---FIFA has declined to
comment on claims that annual pay-
ments were doubled for executive com-
mittee members after their bonuses were
British newspaper The Sunday Times
reported that the 25 board members now
get a US$200,000 stipend for their part-
"We do not comment on allegations,"
FIFA spokeswoman Delia Fischer said yes-
terday at a daily World Cup briefing.
Fischer said executive payments are
decided by a remuneration panel. It was
created as part of FIFA reforms started in
2011 after a series of financial and election
The three-man group is led by FIFA s
audit committee chairman Domenico Scala
and includes FIFA senior vice president
Julio Grondona of Argentina.
Scala stopped bonuses for board mem-
bers last December, at meetings on the
sidelines of the World Cup draw.
"There was no relationship in logic for
them," Scala, a Swiss industrialist, later
told The Associated Press in an interview.
Payments to executives, including Pres-
ident Sepp Blatter s salary, are not disclosed
in FIFA s financial report.
In 2013, FIFA paid US$36.3 million to
"key management personnel."
Reports that FIFA board members could
collect payments in cash were also dis-
missed yesterday. "They don t get cash
for anything. There is always bank trans-
fers," Fischer said, adding that "in the
past, people have been receiving cash, for
example, for their daily allowance." (AP)
did not assault
In this file photo, United States goalkeeper Hope
Solo pauses on the field during the second half of an
international friendly women's soccer match against
Australia in San Antonio. Police say Solo has been
arrested early Saturday, at a suburban Seattle home
for assaulting her sister and nephew. AP PHOTO
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