Ballon d'Or Award: Outrage At Sexist Comment Aimed At Winner

Benoit Tissier

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.

"This comes from a distortion of my English level and my English culture level, which is obviously not enough because I didn't mean to offend anyone and didn't know this could be seen as such an offence".

The ceremony's co-host French DJ Martin Solveig raised many an eyebrow when he asked Hegerberg whether she knows how to "twerk": "Do you know how to twerk?".

Hegerberg said Solveig also apologized to her personally, even though "I wasn't upset". "To be honest, I was just happy to be dancing and celebrating my win in the Golden Ball". I didn't really think about it at the time.

Ada Hegerberg has 250 goals to her name and holds a 15 goal record in the 2017/18 UEFA Women's Champions League.

"I share this with Olympique Lyonnais, my teammates, the staff", she said on stage during a speech, according to the news service. Following the spread of the clip, Solveig faced thousands of comments on Twitter calling for him to be "fired" and calling him a "sexist pig".

Ada Hederberg was asked to twerk during her Ballon d'Or acceptance ceremony.

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"Another example of the ridiculous sexism that stull exists in sport", British tennis star Andy Murray wrote on his Instagram story.

"Sincere apologies to the one I may have offended".

After his question moved, Martin Solveig has made a gesture of most elegant, inviting Ada Hegerberg to dance a waltz.

When the Norway worldwide came on stage to receive his Ballon d'Or last night, the co-host DJ Martin Solveig asked the football star "Do you know how to twerk?".

"And to everyone who thinks people are overreacting and it was just a joke.it wasn't". What questions did they ask Mbappe and Modric (this year's victor of the men's Ballon d'Or)? He then explained, "I've been involved in the sport my whole life and the level of sexism is unreal".

Earlier, Hegerberg spoke of her pride in winning the prize and said she hoped it would motivate female players.

"It is a huge step for women's football and the work you have put down is such an important thing for women's football and together we will make a difference".

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