Martin Solveig issues 'apology' for Ada Hegerberg 'twerk' question

Martin Solveig issues 'apology' for Ada Hegerberg 'twerk' question

Martin Solveig issues 'apology' for Ada Hegerberg 'twerk' question

The clip was posted to Twitter and viewed millions of times, and sparked outrage among many who considered the question blatant sexism.

In her acceptance speech at the ceremony in Paris, she said: "I want to say thanks to my teammates because this would not have been possible without them, my coach or our president Jean-Michel Aulas".

"Sincere apologies to the one I may have offended".

Hegerberg told the AP after the ceremony she was not upset by the request, confirming Solveig apologised afterwards, saying: "I didn't take it like that at all to be honest".

He later adds that: "I explained to Ada Hegerberg the buzz and she told me she understood it was a joke".

Martin Solveig has already addressed the incident, sharing a video on Twitter expressing his "amazement" with what he had been seeing in reactions online. "Sometimes you have episodes or situations where you feel like, "damn, we're in such a man's world", she said.

Norway and Lyon forward Ada Hegerberg became the first woman to win the prestigious Ballon d'Or award, which recognises the best football player in the world.

"Women's football is taking huge strides and questions and comments like this take away from those strides we have taken".

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"I didn't really think about it at the time".

However, her victory was overshadowed after she was asked to TWERK by the award's presenter - DJ Martin Solveig.

After the twerk incident, Hegerberg appeared to exit the stage but then was reported to be seen "reluctantly agreeing to dance" with the awards host David Ginola.

"I didn't think about it in that moment, I didn't consider it as a sexual harassment or anything".

Hegerberg, who helped lead Lyon win the Women's Champions League last season, looked embarrassed and answered "no" after Solveig asked her in French to do the provocative dance.

Luka Modric, a midfielder who plays for Croatia and Real Madrid, was named the top male player of 2018, breaking Cristiano Ronaldo's and Lionel Messi's decade-long hold on the Ballon d'Or.

The first victor of the female Ballon d'Or delivered a stirring speech encouraging young girls to believe in themselves.

Solveig's sexist remark came moments after Hegerberg closed a powerful acceptance speech with an inspiring note, imploring "young girls all over the world" to "please believe in yourself".

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