DJ Martin Solveig apologises for Ballon d'Or twerk question

DJ Martin Solveig apologises for Ballon d'Or twerk question

DJ Martin Solveig apologises for Ballon d'Or twerk question

Whilst collecting her award at the Ballon d'Or ceremony in Paris on Monday evening, Solveig, a DJ and music producer, bizarrely asked her in French, as per BBC Sport: "Do you know how to twerk?".

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

Accompanied by a video apologising further to Hegerberg, Solveig wrote on Twitter: "Sincere apologies to the one I may have offended".

"I'm a little bit amazed by what I'm reading on the internet. I of course didn't want to offend anyone", he said. "And I want to apologize to the ones I may have offended".

Indeed, Hegerberg was not the only player asked to show their dance floor credentials; France's Kylian Mbappe, who won the Trophee Kopa for the best player under 21, also an inaugural award, was too asked to show off his moves upon receiving his gong.

The attacking Norwegian Olympique Lyonnais Ada Hegerberg has received the first Golden Ball female of the story.

He said that "she understood it was a joke".

This was the moment the first female Ballon d'Or victor Ada Hegerberg was asked to "twerk" during her acceptance speech on Tuesday night in Paris.


"Watch the full sequence people who have followed me for 20 years know how respectful I am especially with women".

"It's all about how we respect women's football". The Ballon d'Or victor replied with a straight "No".

"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".

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". It's really sad that it went that way.

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.

"I think there are a lot of other subjects to discuss if we're talking about sexual matters".

The prestigious Ballon d'Or award has existed since 1956 and traditionally was given to the best male player as voted by soccer journalists. I wanted to end with some words for young girls around the world: "believe in yourselves".

Luka Modric, meanwhile, claimed the men's award ahead of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

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