Despite calling himself the “godfather” of women’s soccer, Sepp Blatter didn’t recognize Alex Morgan

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FIFA president Sepp Blatter is rarely free of criticism considering the significant amount of accusations that world football’s governing body has endured.

Blatter is running for a fifth term as FIFA’s man-in-charge, and it appears his campaign has changed due to fellow running mates–Luis Figo and Michael van Praag–dropping out of the election.

Figo went on to criticize the 79-year-old and his leadership, calling the current presidency a “dictatorship”, and as Blatter continues his push for another re-election, his statements and intentions continue to conflict each other.

In a TIME Magazine interview, USWNT star and one of the most familiar women’s soccer players on the planet, Alex Morgan, responded to a question regarding sexism in the sport she’s proud to be a part of.

During her talk, she detailed an occasion when the Switzerland-native didn’t recognize her at a massive FIFA event.

“I have experienced sexism multiple times, and I’m sure I will a lot more,” she said. “I feel like I’m fighting for female athletes. At the FIFA World Player of the Year event [in 2012], FIFA executives and FIFA president Sepp Blatter didn’t know who I was. And I was being honored as top three in the world. That was pretty shocking.”

This declaration comes after Blatter dubbed himself the “godfather” of women’s soccer earlier this month.

Before this occurrence, Blatter and his team was accused of being sexist on multiple other occasions. During a 2013 FIFA conference in Mauritius, he reportedly said the following: “Any ladies in this room? Say something ladies! You are always speaking at home. Now you can speak here.”

That same year, Alexandra Wrage, a former member of FIFA’s Independent Governance Committee, resigned partly because of “blatant sexism.”

And in 2004, Blatter urged female footballers to controversially alter their gameday wardrobe.

“They could, for example, have tighter shorts,” he said. “Female players are pretty, if you excuse me for saying so, and they already have some different rules to men – such as playing with a lighter ball. That decision was taken to create a more female aesthetic, so why not do it in fashion?”