Published: Fri, December 07, 2018
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Ballon d'Or co-host apologises over 'twerk' comment to women's winner Hegerberg

Ballon d'Or co-host apologises over 'twerk' comment to women's winner Hegerberg

Sixty-two years after Stanley Matthews won the first Ballon d'Or, the women's game received its inaugural victor: Trailblazing Norwegian forward Ada Hegerberg.

Murray took to social media to slam Martin Solveig after he asked Norwegian footballer Ada Hegerberg if she knew how to perform the raunchy dance move - an example of "the ridiculous sexism that still exists in sport". It was a joke, probably a bad joke, and I would like to apologize to those that I have offended.

French DJ Martin Solveig learned this to his discomfort when he asked Ada Hegerberg to twerk just after she became the first female victor of the Ballon d'Or and used her victory speech to appeal to girls everywhere to "please, believe in yourself".

"I wasn't upset", she said. "To be honest, I was just happy to be dancing and celebrating my win in the Golden Ball".

Ada Hegerberg has 250 goals to her name and holds a 15 goal record in the 2017/18 UEFA Women's Champions League. "Why do women still have to put up with that s--?"

Speaking to reporters after the ceremony, she added: "He (Solveig) came to me after and was really sad that it went that way".

What was supposed to be an uplifting moment, though, was marred by Martin Solveig.

The Ballon d'Or has been given out every year since 1956.

But it seems, the three-time "Grand Slam" victor Andy Murray is less than impressed for DJ's comment as he wrote "Another example of the ridiculous sexism that still exists in sport", and then added "Why do woman [sic] still have to put up with that s***?" I'd imagine something about football.

"Apologies to anyone who may have been offended", said Solveig on Twitter, in what has become something of a classic apology, non-apology style used by people who have been caught out while behaving like arseholes.

With just seven months left until France hosts the biggest tournament in women's soccer, France Football selects a host for its showpiece event who can't let a female athlete get up on stage and be recognized for her athletic achievements without having to answer an outrageously sexist question. "It wasn't. I've been involved in sport my whole life and the level of sexism is unreal". It had not previously included a women's football category.

Luka Modric won the Men's Ballon d'Or award on the same night, ending the decade long dominance of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

"He came to after the presentation and apologized", she said.

"I think there are a lot of other subjects to discuss if we're talking about sexual matters".

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