DJ apologises after asking Ballon d'Or victor Hegerberg to twerk

Elena Summers
December 6, 2018

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".

Unfortunately, as she graced the stage to receive her award, Martin Solveig asked her if she knew how to "twerk" on stage, to which she quickly responded "no" and turned her back on him.

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

He later shared a video on Twitter apologising for any offence caused. The 42-year-old was heavily criticized, and took to Twitter in an attempt to offer an apology, branding his remark a "joke", adding that it was "probably a bad one".

Solveig later apologized to Hegerberg in a series of tweets, saying he didn't meant to offend anyone.

Hegerberg, whose elder sister Andrine plays for Lyon's biggest rivals in France, Paris Saint-Germain, is a Norwegian worldwide but has not played for her country since their disappointing showing at Euro 2017 in the Netherlands.

The Norwegian striker later told John Leicester, of the Associated Press, that she wasn't upset by what Solveig said - and never viewed it as sexist or offensive.

"And to everyone who thinks people are overreacting and it was just a joke". "It's a huge step for women's football".

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"He came to me afterward and was really sad that it went that way". "I didn't really consider it a sexual harassment or anything in the moment".

"It was the most important people in my life - most of them, some of them were missing - but I am so happy to share this moment with them".

After the twerk incident, Hegerberg appeared to exit the stage but then was reported to be seen "reluctantly agreeing to dance" with the awards host David Ginola.

On the same night, Luka Modric, who lead Croatia to their first ever World Cup Final and won an unprecedented third Champions League trophy with Spanish club Real Madrid, was named the world's best male player.

A jury of 45 journalists picked her from among 15 nominees for the inaugural Ballon d'Or for women. I got to dance a bit, and I got the Ballon d'Or, so nothing else was in my mind.

The first awarding of a women's Ballon d'Or was overshadowed when the victor was asked to "twerk" on stage after being handed the prize.

"And to young girls all over the world, please, believe in yourself".

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