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Andy Murray slams Ballon d’Or host for ‘twerk’ comment to Ada Hegerberg

07 December, 2018, 03:32 | Author: Lora Ball
  • Martin Solveig and Olympique Lyonnais Ada Hegerberg with the Women's Ballon d'Or award  BENOIT TESSIER

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.

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.

"This comes from a distortion of my English level and my English culture level, which is obviously not enough because I didn't mean to offend anyone and didn't know this could be seen as such an offence".

Already an ill-conceived concept, the situation was made worse when Solveig asked Hegerberg if she knew how to twerk... the music was by Frank Sinatra. "Being a women's footballer and winning the Ballon d'Or tonight is a step for me to take that action, personally". "I don't think the respect has been there", she told the AP.

Hegerberg, who helped her club win the Women's Champions League last season, looked uncomfortable and responded,"No". Why do women have still have to put up with that s**t?

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Speaking to reporters after the ceremony, she added: "He (Solveig) came to me after and was really sad that it went that way".

Ada Hegerberg, right, with David Ginola (left) and Martin Solveig.

One of seven Lyon players among the 15 nominees, Hegerberg has drawn comparisons to five-time male Ballon d'Or winners Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo for her goalscoring exploits.

Real Madrid and Croatia midfielder Luka Modric won the men's award.

Solveig has since tendered his apology via Twitter saying: "Sincere apologies to the one I may have offended".

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"I also want to thank France Football".

Ada Hegerbergthe victor of the first Ballon d'or feminine: "He came to see me after and he was really, really sad that it had happened as well". And to everyone who thinks I'm overreacting and it was just a joke ... it wasn't.

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

Of the other Lyon contenders, German midfielder Dzsenifer Marozsan came closest to her, finishing third in the voting.

"A lot of things need to be done to make the conditions better for women who play football", she said.

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