Martin Solveig issues 'apology' for Ada Hegerberg 'twerk' question

Inaugural women´s Ballon D´Or winner Ada Hegerberg

Inaugural women´s Ballon D´Or winner Ada Hegerberg

But the historic moment was tarnished after French DJ Martin Solveig, a presenter at the Paris gala, asked the soccer star if she wanted to twerk on stage, prompting gasps in the crowd.

He later shared a video on Twitter apologising for any offence caused.

Solveig later issued a pretty poor apology, stating: "Well, guys I'm a little bit amazed by what I'm reading on the internet". "I, of course, didn't want to offend anyone", he continues. One of her goals came in the final in Kiev in May, as Lyon came from behind to beat Wolfsburg 4-1 after extra time and retain the trophy.

And while FIFA, world soccer's governing body, introduced a women's world player of the year award in 2001, the Ballon d'Or remained reserved for male players until September, when France Football's editor announced that the magazine would honour a woman for the first time this year.

However, Hegerberg's sentiments were somewhat overshadowed by an inappropriate comment made by French DJ Martin Solveig, who asked the striker about twerking.

As footage of the incident went viral, British tennis player Andy Murray led the backlash when he thundered: "Why do women still have to put up with that shit?"

Before the ceremony, Hegerberg told The Guardian that she found it "really frustrating" that sport remains "such a man's world". "I've been involved in sport my whole life and the level of sexism is unreal".

'Watch the full sequence people who have followed me for 20 years know how respectful I am especially with women'.

Imagine the honour of being crowned the inaugural women's victor of soccer's top individual prize - the Ballon d'Or for player of the year.

He said he had "immediately apologized" to Ada and that he wished for "the focus to be shifted back to celebrating Ada Hegerberg becoming to the first woman to be awarded a Ballon d'Or".

The 23-year-old Norwegian, who has already scored over 250 goals in her professional career, has always been outspoken about what she describes as a lack of respect for the women's game; she hasn't played for her national team since the 2017 European Championship as a result.

We probably would have responded in a much less classy manner, but that's a testament to how much sexism she has presumably had to deal with as a female footballer.

Hegerberg, who previously became the first woman to win the Norwegian Gold Ball for the best footballer in Norway, thanked her teammates, her coach and the president of the club, Jean-Michel Aulas.

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

"I think that a lot of education still needs to be done".

Solveig's sexist remark came moments after Hegerberg closed a powerful acceptance speech with an inspiring note, imploring "young girls all over the world" to "please believe in yourself".

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