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Female soccer player makes history, is immediately asked if she can twerk

Female soccer player makes history, is immediately asked if she can twerk

Andy Murray has criticised Martin Solveig, the co-host of the Ballon d'Or ceremony, after the French DJ asked Ada Hegerberg - the first ever woman recipient of the award - if she knew how to twerk.

A presenter at the Ballon d'Or football awards has apologised after he asked the inaugural victor of the women's prize, Ada Hegerberg, if she knew "how to twerk".

The Norway worldwide, who plays her club football with Lyon, was invited on stage in Paris to accept her Golden Ball from French DJ Martin Solveig.

Solveig concluded that his remark "was a joke, probably a bad one" and said he wanted to apologize to anyone he may have offended.

"I would like to say a big, huge thank you to France Football, for letting us have this opportunity, to have this award", Hegerberg said.

"It's a vicious circle - women aren't paid equally, so they can't train full time and fulfil their potential, which means the quality of women's sport is criticised, less people watch, therefore there's less media coverage, so fewer sponsors are attracted, which means less funding for women's sport". "To everyone who thinks people are overreacting and it was just a joke, it wasn't. I'm happy proud and honoured, I have a lot of emotions right now, it's hard to describe in words", said Modric, wearing a tuxedo as he collected the award from presenter and former France forward David Ginola after a glamorous ceremony at the Grand Palais in Paris. "I didn't consider it as sexual harassment or anything". "Most importantly congratulations to Ada". "I don't think the respect has been there", she told the AP.

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'Sincere apologies to anyone I may have offended.

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

Hegerberg scored in this year's Champions League final against Wolfsburg and was one of eight Lyon players named among the nominees.

Reactions both in the room and online were quick to condemn Solveig's comment and express how shocking his behavior was, especially during such a monumental moment for Hegerberg's inaugural win. The Lyon play-maker accepted Solveig's apology and brushed off the incident.

When receiving her award, the 23-year-old Norweigan gave an empowering speech as she called on girls around the world to believe in themselves.

Luka Modric, Real Madrid and Croatia midfielder, took home the men's trophy - the first time the award hasn't been won by Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo in over 10 years.


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