Martin Solveig asks first female Ballon d'Or victor about "twerking" on stage

Posted December 06, 2018

Viewers were dumbfounded when, upon Hegerberg receiving the award, French DJ Solveig, who was co-hosting the event in Paris with former France global David Ginola, suggestively inquired of the star "do you know how to twerk", to which she sternly replied "no", shook her head, and turned to walk away.

"I am a little bit amazed as to what I am reading on the internet", he added in a video message. "This was a joke probably a bad one, I want to apologise to the one I offended, sorry about that". "And I want to apologize to the ones I may have offended".

Hegerberg also denied it was sexist of Solveig to ask her to dance, saying there were bigger issues to discuss.

The 23-year-old was presented the award by DJ Martin Solveig, who asked if she would twerk, referring to the sexually provocative dance move popularized by singer Miley Cyrus.

Speaking about the publicity last night's incident received, she added: "When you're on that stage, you're spreading your views out for everybody to see".

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The 42-year-old DJ claimed that the Lyon and Norway superstar forward, despite answering "no" - had told him after the ceremony that she "understood it was a joke".

"I didn't really consider it as sexual harassment or anything in the moment".

When questioned on the subject in the mixed zone, Ada Hegerberg, all his happiness had lifted the precious trophy, did not wish to fuel the controversy and overwhelm with Martin Solveig. And for good reason, this is not Raphael Varane or Antoine Griezmann, who has been awarded the Ballon d'or, much to the displeasure of the French, or even Cristiano Ronaldo, but Luka Modric. "I've been involved in sport my whole life and the level of sexism is unreal".

"People who have followed me for 20 years know how respectful I am especially with women".

"I think in this moment there needed to be some respect held for the significance of the moment and that Ada made history for the first woman to ever be awarded this award". "It was more of a joke of making her dance", Bronze told BBC Sport. Can't a woman just win an award in peace?

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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.

She was voted for by a panel of journalists from around the world on the strength of her prolific form for French giants Lyon, with whom she has won three consecutive Champions League titles. "The Ballon d'Or is the most important thing".

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

"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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