Ballon d'Or Award: Outrage At Sexist Comment Aimed At Winner

07 December, 2018, 03:29 | Author: Alyssa Little
  • Martin Solveig and Ada Hegerberg

French DJ Martin Solveig has apologised after sparking a sexism row by seemingly asking Ballon d'Or victor Ada Hegerberg to twerk.

Monday was a historic day for women's football as Ada Hegerberg became the first woman to be awarded a Ballon d'Or , but the evening was dampened by an inappropriate comment from presenter Martin Solveig.

He tweeted, "I didn't know that this could be seen as such an offence", and added: "This was a joke, probably a bad one".

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.

"I explained to [Ada Hegerberg] the buzz and she told me she understood it was a joke". I got to dance a bit and I got the Ballon D'Or, and that's all that was in my mind. I don't think the respect has been there.

Hegerberg was the leading scorer with 15 goals as Lyon won the Champions League for the third year running.

This season, she has chipped in an additional 12 league goals and a further four in Europe. Why do women have still have to put up with that s**t?

"I've had a lot of questions about that subject", she told reporters.

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Martin Solveig has since defended his comments.

Imagine winning the first EVER women's Ballon d'Or.

In a furious Instagram rant, former world number one Murray wrote: "Another example of the ridiculous sexism that still exists in sport".

"I also want to thank France Football".

With just seven months left until France hosts the biggest tournament in women's soccer, France Football selects a host for its showpiece event who can't let a female athlete get up on stage and be recognized for her athletic achievements without having to answer an outrageously sexist question.

Hegerberg turned away, seemingly in disgust, with Solveig using social media to send the Ballon d'Or victor an apology and claiming he had cleared the matter up with the player. "What questions did they ask (Kylian) Mbappe and (Luka) Modric? It wasn't. I've been involved in sport my whole life and the level of sexism is unreal". "The Ballon d'Or is the most important thing".

"Sometimes you have episodes or situations where you feel like, 'Damn, we're in such a man's world, '" she said. "That is where I set the bar".

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