Ballon d'Or: DJ Martin Solveig sorry for Ada Hegerberg 'twerk' question

Luka Modric Ada Hegerberg and Kylian Mbappe were the big winners in Paris

Norwegian footballer Ada Hegerberg, the first-ever victor of the Women's Ballon d'Or, has laughed off suggestions being asked to twerk onstage by ceremony co-host Martin Solveig was "sexist", calling the very thought "sad".

The annual awards ceremony recognising the best football players was hosted in Paris, with Norway forward Ada Hegerberg taking home the inaugural Women's Ballon d'Or.

The clip was posted to Twitter and viewed millions of times, and sparked outrage among many who considered the question blatant sexism.

"I want to ask every young woman to believe in themselves", she said.
I did not mean to offend anyone, and I did not know this would be considered such an offense, especially if you consider the sequence in total, when we ended up dancing on Frank Sinatra, Ada and myself. It was a joke, probably a bad joke, and I would like to apologize to those that I have offended.

Hegerberg said Solveig also apologised to her personally, even though "I wasn't upset".

Hegerberg earlier spoke of her pride in winning the award and said she hoped it would motivate young female players.

Solveig then tweeted a photo from backstage in which he is shaking hands with Hegerberg.

It was a historical moment for world football when the first Ballon d'Or was awarded to a female player, but unfortunately an inappropriate comment on stage left the victor Ada Hegerberg unimpressed.

"I think there a lot of other subjects to discuss when it comes to sexual [discrimination] matters".

"To everyone who thinks people are overreacting and it was just a joke.it wasn't".

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

Hegerberg won the Women's Ballon d'Or after scoring a record 15 goals in the UEFA Women's Champions League, which she won with French club Olympique Lyonnais. "Sad if people thought about the situation like that, but it didn't come to my mind at all".

This year, for the first time, France Football awarded a women's version of the Ballon d'Or.

Asked after the conclusion of the ceremony if she felt Solveig's comment was sexist, Hegerberg said, per AP's John Leicester, that she "didn't take it as that at all".

Murray was similarly consistent in a 2016 interview with the BBC's John Inverdale after he defended his Olympic title. I got to dance a bit, and I got the Ballon d'Or, so nothing else was in my mind.

Real Madrid and Croatia midfielder Luka Modric won the men's award.

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