Norway's Hegerberg wins inaugural Ballon d'Or award
07 December, 2018, 03:31 | Author: Judy Cobb
Solveig sparked outrage when he seemingly asked Lyon striker and Norway global Hegerberg to twerk on-stage after the 23-year-old became the first ever female victor of the award on Monday.
Ada Hegerberg later said that she took that comment as a joke than a sexual harassment, although Martin Solveig apologized to her after the event. It was a joke, probably a bad joke, and I would like to apologize to those that I have offended.
Solveig, a co-host, asked Hegerberg whether she knew how to twerk, to which she abruptly said "no", and appeared to attempt to leave the stage.
The 42-year-old DJ claimed that the Lyon and Norway superstar forward, despite answering "no" - had told him after the ceremony that she "understood it was a joke". I was just happy to do the dance and win the Ballon d'Or.
"I didn't feel it was like that at all to be honest and I am sad if people thought about the situation like that".
Hegerberg was the leading scorer with 15 goals as Lyon won the Champions League for the third year running.
She has already got 16 goals in 12 games across all competitions this season, with many social media users - including prominent sports figures - saying her achievements should have been the focus on Monday night.
According to a report by the Mirror UK, the Norway worldwide went to leave the stage after her address. The other is Martin Solveig.
France Football magazine has been awarding the Ballon d'Or - until now only to men - since 1956, when Matthews was the first victor.
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He wrote on Instagram: "Another example of the ridiculous sexism that still exists in sport".
"I am touched and very proud, for women's football, for myself, for the club".
The two-time Wimbledon victor and Olympic double gold medalist added: "And to everyone who thinks people are overreacting and it was just a joke".
"Sincere apologies to anyone I may have offended".
Every year, the Ballon d'Or is awarded to the world's best footballer as voted for by journalists, and is widely considered the most prestigious individual prize in the sport.
He concluded his message by referring to a "level of sexism unreal".
"I wasn't upset", she said.
"It is a huge step for women's football and the work you have put down is such an important thing for women's football and together we will make a difference".
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