Talk foot­ball, not tw­erk­ing

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Sex­ism is alive and kick­ing, more so in sports. And the Bal­lon d’or awards cer­e­mony on 3 De­cem­ber was a stark re­minder. Host Martin Solveig had the chance to ask one ques­tion to the first re­cip­i­ent of the women’s Bal­lon d’or award, Ada Hegerberg, and all he could man­age was: “Do you know how to twerk?”

It can’t pass as a joke, as ten­nis player Andy Mur­ray has rightly tweeted: “…to ev­ery­one who thinks peo­ple are over­re­act­ing and it was just a joke…it wasn’t. I’ve been in­volved in sport my whole life and the level of sex­ism is un­real.”

From Ser­ena Wil­liams to Mithali Raj, fe­male ath­letes over the decades and across sports have worked ex­tra hard just to earn sim­i­lar recognition as their male coun­ter­parts. At 23, the Lyon and Nor­way striker has scored nearly 300 goals. She also has a hat-trick of Cham­pi­ons League tro­phies.

As the first fe­male re­cip­i­ent of the pres­ti­gious Bal­lon d’or, it was Hegerberg’s mo­ment of glory, over­shad­owed by a misog­y­nist’s ar­ro­gance. —PKS

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