Outrage after first women's Ballon d'Or victor Ada Hegerberg asked to twerk

Outrage after first women's Ballon d'Or victor Ada Hegerberg asked to twerk

Outrage after first women's Ballon d'Or victor Ada Hegerberg asked to twerk

French DJ Martin Solveig apologised and said he was taken aback by the stormy reaction online after he asked the inaugural women´s Ballon D´Or victor Ada Hegerberg whether she could "twerk" live on stage.

Social media, already seething from the viral clip of Solveig's inappropriate question, soon had Murray as their hero after using his influence to shed light onto the wider issue.

"I am a little bit amazed by what I am reading on the internet", he said in the video. "He came to me after the situation and he apologized, but I didn't take it as that at all".

Hegerberg herself has since said that Solveig approached her after the ceremony to apologise, adding that she was happy to make history by becoming the first ever women's Ballon d'Or champion - the first woman to be recognised by France Football as the best on the planet.

After presenting the award, French DJ Martin Solveig asked Hegerberg to twerk on stage.

Hegerberg's relationship with her now ex-teammates and the Norwegian footballing authorities is perhaps summed up by the fact she was not even included in a team of the year selected by the national players' association last weekend.

He posted a picture of the pair embracing and wrote: "I explained to @AdaStolsmo the buzz and she told me she understood it was a joke".

Solveig then tweeted a photo from backstage in which he is shaking hands with Hegerberg. Alongside male victor Luka Modric of Croatia, who plays his club ball for Spanish powerhouse Real Madrid, the inaugural women's award went to Norwegian striker Ada Hegerberg of the French club Olympique Lyonnais. "I am invested in the sport my entire life and the level of sexism is unreal".

The two-time Wimbledon victor and Olympic double gold medalist added: "And to everyone who thinks people are overreacting and it was just a joke. I think there are a lot of other subjects we need to be discussing when talking about sexual matters".

But Hegerberg's victory was overshadowed by Solveig apparently requesting the 23-year-old to dance on stage with her Ballon d'Or trophy.

Hegerberg also added that she wasn't upset with the question.

"I would like to end this speech with some words to young girls all over the world: please, believe in yourselves".

"Women's football is taking huge strides and questions and comments like this take away from those strides we have taken".

It was the first time in ten years that neither player has won the award.

Hegerberg was Lyon's top scorer with 15 goals in the Champion's League - including one in the final in Kiev in May, as Lyon came from behind to beat VfL Wolfsburg 4-1 after extra time and retain the trophy.

"In my career I've realised that hard work and persistence in difficult moments sets the foundation to show your talent".

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