Ballon D'Or host apologises as 'twerk' request causes storm

Mae Harvey
December 6, 2018

Viewers were dumbfounded when, upon Hegerberg receiving the award, French DJ Solveig, who was co-hosting the event in Paris with former France worldwide 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.

A clip of Solveig asking Hegerberg if she wanted to dance and whether she knew how to twerk is being shared widely on social media.

The French DJ insisted he has always had the utmost respect for women, saying in a video on Twitter: 'Sincere apologies to anyone I may have offended.

"I'm a little amazed and astonished with what I'm reading on the internet, of course I didn't want to offend anyone", he said.

She said: "I would like to say a huge thanks to France Football, for letting us have this opportunity to have this award".

"Playing for Norway, that decision must come from Ada herself, I think".

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.

Already an ill-conceived concept, the situation was made worse when Solveig asked Hegerberg if she knew how to twerk... the music was by Frank Sinatra.

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?"

"There would need to be a good few changes for me to consider returning", she told Norwegian broadcaster NRK on Monday.

Real Madrid's Croatian midfielder Luka Modric receives the 2018 FIFA Men's Ballon d'Or award for best player of the year in Paris on December 3, 2018. "I am invested in the sport my entire 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", he wrote, then followed up with a picture of him and Hegerberg clasping hands. "I think there a lot of other subjects to discuss when it comes to sexual [discrimination] matters". "The Ballon d'Or is the most important thing". "I got to dance a bit and I got the Ballon d'Or".

"It's all about how we respect women's football", she said.

Hegerberg, who scored in this year's Champions League final to take Lyon to the winning spot, responded simply with, "no". It has been awarded since 1956, though 2018 marks the first year that a Women's Ballon D'Or has been held.

But in her acceptance speech Monday, Hegerberg had a message for "young girls all over the world".

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