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

The co-host of the Ballon d'Or award ceremony has been forced to apologise after the victor of the women's award, Ada Hegerberg, was asked on stage if she knew how to twerk at the event in Paris.

Hegerberg herself has since said that Solveig approached her after the ceremony to apologise, adding that she was happy to make history by becoming the first ever women's Ballon d'Or champion - the first woman to be recognised by France Football as the best on the planet.

"It was a joke".

But then, as a video clip showing Solveig's interaction with Hegerberg started to rack up millions of views on Twitter, he understood. He also characterizes the incident as a "misunderstanding" and attempts to explain his reasoning, noting that he was asked to prepare a song for each victor and that he thought it was ironic to ask someone to twerk to Frank Sinatra's "Fly Me To The Moon".

Hegerberg finished a marginal six points ahead of Danish captain Pernille Harder to become the first even victor of the women's Ballon d'Or.

One viewer, Sean Walker, tweeted: "Lyon striker Ada Hegerberg, first female Ballon D'Or victor after scoring over 250 career goals at the age 23, asked to twerk on stage in front of footballing giants and the public watching". I've always felt the same: I work hard to try to achieve my dreams like any other girl out there and, that's the way we have to look at it. The Ballon d'Or victor replied with a straight "No". Over the past decade, either Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo have claimed the trophy. Already, she set a tournament record with 15 Champions League goals last season - including in Lyon's 4-1 victory over Wolfsburg in the final.

Whilst collecting her award at the Ballon d'Or ceremony in Paris on Monday evening, Solveig, a DJ and music producer, bizarrely asked her in French, as per BBC Sport: "Do you know how to twerk?".

Hegerberg, who plays for Olympique Lyonnais in France, was asked to twerk by the famous DJ just moments after being recognized for the inaugural award.

That Solveig did so with Hegerberg immediately struck many as icky.

Murray said that the incident was further proof of "the ridiculous sexism that still exists in sport". I've been invovled in sport my whole life and the level of sexism is unreal.

"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", she said.

Footballer Ada Hegerberg was asked if she could twerk when she picked up world soccer's greatest individual prize. She has since accepted Solvieg's apology.

"I wasn't upset", she said. "I will have a glass of champagne when I get back".

Vanessa Coleman

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