Ballon D'Or co-host apologises over 'twerk' comment

Ballon D'Or co-host apologises over 'twerk' comment

Ballon D'Or co-host apologises over 'twerk' comment

French DJ Martin Solveig faced criticism last night after asking Ada Hegerberg, the victor of the inaugural women's award at the Ballon d'Or, if she knew how to "twerk" live on stage.

Solveig, is known to have apologized for the question, after the event as well as on the social media.

Even as Solveig is facing flak on social media, the French DJ took to Twitter to reveal he had apologised to Hegerberg after the ceremony and that his gesture was just a "joke".

"I'm a little bit amazed as to what I'm reading on the internet", Solveig said.

"Of course I didn't want to offend anyone".

"This was a joke, probably a bad one".

Hegerberg said: "He came to me afterwards and was really sad that it went that way".

The awards ceremony in Paris saw Hegerberg become the first ever recipient of the women's award but the celebrations were overshadowed after she was asked if she could perform the provocative dance move while collecting her award on stage.

Hegerberg said no. The camera quickly flashed to French star Kylian Mbappe who appeared stunned at what the DJ had asked.

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

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When the bell sounded, Fury ran to the ring corner, nearly falling over, to salute the crowd and cheer. There were two different answers from Fury for the questions.

An uncomfortable Hegerberg brushed off Solveig's question, but it stunned onlookers.

The men's Ballon d'Or was picked up by Croatia and Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric, who ended the decade-long monopoly of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi over the award.

He concluded his message by referring to a "level of sexism unreal".

To everyone who thinks people are overreacting and it was just a joke... "I think there a lot of other subjects to discuss when it comes to sexual [discrimination] matters".

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.

She said her mind was on her achievement: "I got the Ballon d'Or".

Or maybe she just realised that acting with more class was better than smashing him in the face live on stage. "Most importantly congratulations to Ada", Solveig wrote. Hegerberg hasn't played for the national team since past year because of what she perceives to be a general disregard for women's soccer in Norway.

"I would like to end this speech with some words to young girls all over the world: please, believe in yourselves". "It's all about how we respect women's football".

"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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