Ballon D’or host apologies for sexist remark

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Luka Modric (left) and Ada Hegerberg (right) were awarded the Ballon d’Or. Photo by Benoit Tessier via Reuters

French DJ, Martin Solveig has apologised for his comments during the Ballon d’Or awards as he asked Ada Hegerberg if she knew how to ‘twerk’.

Solveig sparked a sexist row after he presented Hegerberg the Women Ballon d’Or with her award and asked the Lyon forward if she knew how to twerk.

The incident has sparked criticism from several sports personalities, one of which is Scotland’s Andy Murray.

The tennis player was among those on social media who criticised Solveig’s comment, calling it just another example of the ridiculous sexism in sport.

He said: “What questions did they ask Mbappe and Modric?

“I’d imagine something to do with football. And to everyone who thinks I’m overreacting, and it was just a joke … it wasn’t. I’ve been involved in sport my whole life and the level of sexism is unreal.”

Hegerberg, who helped Lyon to the French title and Champions League, scoring in the final, pipped Denmark’s Pernille Harder to the prize but appeared embarrassed after Solveig’s questions.

The 23-year-old said “no” and seemed to attempt to leave the stage, before reluctantly agreeing to dance to another song with Ginola. Solveig tweeted shortly after the ceremony, saying he had apologised to Hegerberg for the remark.

When Hegerberg came on stage to receive her award, Solveig said: “You’ve seen that I prepared a little celebration for Kylian [Mbappe] so we’ve said we’re going to do something similar. Do you know how to twerk?”

In an apology video later on that evening, he apologised for his actions.

He said: “Well guys I’m a little bit amazed, astonished by what I’m reading on the internet. I, of course, didn’t want to offend anyone. This comes from a distortion of my English level and my English culture level which is obviously not enough. This was a joke. Probably a bad one, and I want to apologise for the one I may have offended. Sorry about that.”

“This was a joke. Probably a bad one, and I want to apologise for the one I may have offended.”

The controversy aside, the awards marked the first time in over a decade that Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo have missed out on the golden ball award.

Croatia and Real Madrid midfielder, Luka Modric ended the decade of dominance after a successful year including a Champions League title and was also named the best player in Russia’s World Cup.

PSG and France forward, Kylian Mbappe was the first ever recipient Kopa award, given to the best youth player in the world. The 19-year-old was one of four goalscorers in France’s World Cup final win over Croatia.

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