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Martin Solveig asks Ada Hegerberg to twerk and later apologises

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Jennie Wade | 06 December, 2018, 09:45

French DJ and Ballon d'Or host Martin Solveig has apologized to the inaugural women's victor Ada Hegerberg after a row erupted over a question he posed to her during the award ceremony.

But any pretense of social progress upon the advent of a women's award went out the window at Monday's ceremony when French DJ Martin Solveig asked Hegerberg to twerk while presenting her with her Ballon d'Or.

Taking to Twitter, he said "Sincere apologies to the one I may have offended".

"I'm a little amazed and astonished with what I'm reading on the internet, of course I didn't want to offend anyone", he said. She added, "I also want to thank France Football".

Solveig posted a picture of the pair embracing and wrote: "I explained to @AdaStolsmo the buzz and she told me she understood it was a joke.

Instead of the attention going to a world-class player for her talent it will all be about Solveig's question".

Hegerberg told BBC Sport she "didn't consider it sexual harassment or anything in the moment".

Lyon striker Hegerberg made history by becoming the first female victor of the award at Tuesday's (AEDT) ceremony, organised by France Football. And to everyone who thinks I'm overreacting and it was just a joke ... it wasn't.

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"Women's football is taking huge strides and questions and comments like this take away from those strides we have taken. The Ballon d'Or is the most important thing".

Imagine the honour of being crowned the inaugural women's victor of soccer's top individual prize - the Ballon d'Or for player of the year.

Upon lifting the prestigious award, Ada, who plays for French side, Lyon, addressed the star-studded crowd, challenging young women to believe in themselves.

"The DJ asked each person that won what their dance was but she can twerk, she was lying".

On the carpet after the awards, Hegerberg was asked about the incident and admitted it was an "ill-conceived" joke but didn't see it at all as sexist. "I will have a glass of champagne when I get back", she said.

Luca Modric was awarded the men's prize, ending the decade-long dominance of Cristiano Ronaldo, who finished in second spot, and Lionel Messi, who finished a shock fifth.

"I am still trying to realise that I have become part of a group of exceptional players to win the Ballon d'Or throughout history".

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