Published: Fri, December 07, 2018
Sport | By Tony Jimenez

DJ Solveig takes rap for twerking question at Ballon d'Or

DJ Solveig takes rap for twerking question at Ballon d'Or

British tennis star Andy Murray has led the backlash against a French DJ who asked a female footballer to twerk after she became the first woman to win the Ballon D'Or yesterday.

Asked after the conclusion of the ceremony if she felt Solveig's comment was sexist, Hegerberg said, per AP's John Leicester, that she "didn't take it as that at all".

French DJ Martin Solveig learned this to his discomfort when he asked Ada Hegerberg to twerk just after she became the first female victor of the Ballon d'Or and used her victory speech to appeal to girls everywhere to "please, believe in yourself".

"I explained to (Hegerberg) the buzz and she told me she understood it was a joke", he added. "I got to dance a bit and I got 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", said Hegerberg, who won the inaugural women's prize after a prolific year with French club Lyon.

Ada Hegerberg has 250 goals to her name and holds a 15 goal record in the 2017/18 UEFA Women's Champions League.

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

What was supposed to be an uplifting moment, though, was marred by Martin Solveig.

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

Andy Murray was among those on social media who criticised Solveig's comment, notes The Guardian, calling it "another example of the ridiculous sexism in sport".

"I also want to thank France Football". Taking to Twitter, he said "Sincere apologies to the one I may have offended".

The Ballon d'Or is an annual football (or soccer, as we'd say in the US) award presented by France Football.

"To everyone who thinks people are overreacting and it was just a joke... it wasn't".

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

"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".

"I wasn't upset", she said. What questions did they ask Mbappe and Modric (this year's victor of the men's Ballon d'Or)?

"I think the fact I scored 54 goals last season and 53 goals this year - it's a lot of goals in one year", she said.

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