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

Ada Hegerberg

For years, the magazine France Football has been doling out its Ballon d'Or award to the best men's soccer player in the world.

However, guest host for the night, French DJ Martin Solveig, asked Hegerberg whether she knew how to "twerk" moments after the prize was awarded, overshadowing the moment.

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. Hegerberg, speaking of the matter directly after the ceremony, said she did not take it as "sexual harassment" and emphasized there were more important issues to focus on.

Not only are we still living in an age where women are having "firsts", we're also still living in an era where men think it's cool to ask women if they know how to twerk just as they're accepting a historic award.

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The three-time Women's Champions League victor with French team Lyon says she'll be resting during the World Cup and training for the next season with her club. "One phrase I like to say: 'The best things never come easy.' For me to achieve all this, nothing was easy".

Responding to the criticism, Solveig tweeted: "Sincere apologies to the one I may have offended".

Reaction online was swift, with Solveig's Wikipedia page being edited to describe the 42-year-old as "breathtakingly sexist and very lucky not to have been kicked square in the balls by Ada Hegerberg".

Normally reserved for the men throughout its 62-year history, the 2018 Ballon d'Or finally recognised football's best women and Hegerberg was rewarded for her outstanding global and club form before the man next to her put a dampener on her big moment.

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The three-time Women's Champions League victor with French team Lyon says she'll be resting during the World Cup and training for the next season with her club. "It's a huge step for women's football", Hegerberg said. They have existed since 1956 but had not previously had a women's football category.

"You've seen that I prepared a little celebration for (France forward) Kylian (Mbappe) so we said we're going to do something similar".

Scotland Women's National Team coach Shelley Kerr branded the incident "unacceptable", telling STV: "It was totally inappropriate".

Hegerberg took the opportunity to call out then-Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo, who ended his Champions League campaign on 14 goals.

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"It's not that often that I use the word "proud" but today I'm really proud", she told The AP.

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