French DJ Martin Solveig on Monday night, December 4 sparked social media outrage after asking Norway global Ada Hegerberg to dance on stage moments after being crowned victor of the female Ballon d'Or award. "And I want to apologize to the one I may have offended, sorry about that".
But the 23-year-old was asked if she would perform a sexually provocative dance by French host DJ, Martin Solveig, and appeared embarrassed as she rejected the request. "To be honest, I was just happy to be dancing and celebrating my win in the Golden Ball". She said Solveig was "really sad that it went that way", the network reported.
Hegerberg was the leading scorer with 15 goals as Lyon won the Champions League for the third year running.
However, as the Norway global was leaving the stage, Solveig asked her if she knew how to twerk, but the three-time women's Champions League victor abruptly said "no" before walking away. "Why do women still have to put up with that s--?"
According to a report by the Mirror UK, the Norway global went to leave the stage after her address.
Sports Illustrated and Fox Sports contributor Grant Wahl added his disapproval of the incident, calling Solveig "absolute trash" and agreeing with Murray's comment that "this is the crap female athletes deal with on a daily basis around the world".More news: Marine rescued after 2 military aircraft crash off coast of Japan
Ada Hederberg was asked to twerk during her Ballon d'Or acceptance ceremony.
"I am touched and very proud, for women's football, for myself, for the club". Though Solveig later apologised to Hagerberg and "all those who may have been offended", twitter did not hold back in calling out the sexism on stage.
The prestigious Ballon d'Or award has existed since 1956 and traditionally was given to the best male player as voted by soccer journalists.
He concluded his message by referring to a "level of sexism unreal".
Then giving an unbelievable speech about how big this is for women's football. "I share this with Olympique Lyonnais, my teammates, the staff", she beamed after joining men's victor Luka Modric and men's best young player Kylian Mbappe on the stage with her trophy. "I think there are a lot of other subjects to discuss if we talk about sexual matters".
"He came to after the presentation and apologized", she said.