Ballon d’Or proves sexism is still very much alive in soccer

The Internet Cries Sexism Over Inappropriate Joke Martin Solveig Made During Award Show Matthew Meadow

The Internet Cries Sexism Over Inappropriate Joke Martin Solveig Made During Award Show Matthew Meadow

French DJ Martin Solveig on Tuesday issued an apology after his "twerk" question towards Norwegian footballer Ada Hegerberg at the Ballon d'Or awards presentation ceremony sparked a sexism row.

Even though Ada Hegerberg said she hadn't been offended by the twerking question during Monday's award ceremony, Solveig still apologized on Twitter after his comment caused a social media stir. "And I want to apologize to the one I may have offended, sorry about that".

Hegerberg has scored over 250 career goals at the age of 23, and for reasons unknown, Solveig believed it to be the flawless time to ask a professional female if she could twerk onstage.

Lyon defender Wendie Renard, a star for the French national team, said Hegerberg's competitive spirit had also helped her stand out. I got to dance a bit, and I got the Ballon d'Or, so nothing else was in my mind.

"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".

Hegerberg earned the maiden Ballon d'Or after inspiring Lyon to their third consecutive Women's Champions League title, a record for the competition.

"Why do woman [sic] still have to put up with that s--?" he posted on Instagram.

After the event, Hegerberg told reporters that she had accepted an apology from the 42-year-old.

The Ballon d'Or has been given out every year since 1956.

On top of a screenshot of a news report about the comments, Murray wrote: "Another example of the ridiculous sexism that still exists in sport". "Nevertheless, my apologies to anyone who may have been offended". I'd imagine something about football.

"To everyone who thinks people are overreacting and it was just a joke... it wasn't". He then explained, "I've been involved in the sport my whole life and the level of sexism is unreal". At the age of 23, Hagerberg became the first woman to strike 300 goals and won the inaugural award, considered the highest honour in the world of football.

Olympique Lyonnais' Ada Hegerberg lifts the Women's Ballon d'Or award. "Most importantly congratulations to Ada", he wrote. "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.

Earlier, Hegerberg spoke of her pride in winning the prize and said she hoped it would motivate female players. "I think there are a lot of other subjects to discuss if we talk about sexual matters".

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