Hegerberg ‘tw­erk’ saga forces shamed Solveig apol­ogy

Sport360 - - Ballon D’or | Serie A - By Staff Re­porter @Sport360 ✉ [email protected]

French DJ Martin Solveig apol­o­gised and said he was taken aback by the stormy re­ac­tion on­line af­ter he asked the in­au­gu­ral women’s Ballon d’Or win­ner Ada Hegerberg whether she could “tw­erk” live on stage.

The awards co-host in Paris pro­voked a tor­rent of com­plaints about sex­ism with his ques­tion about the sug­ges­tive dance, which re­ceived a blunt “No” from the un­a­mused Nor­we­gian striker.

The in­ci­dent was a ma­jor talking point de­spite Hegerberg’s achieve­ment in be­com­ing the first win­ner of the women’s Ballon d’Or, an award which has been handed to male foot­ballers since 1956.

Solveig, a mu­si­cian and ra­dio host, apol­o­gised in per­son to Hegerberg and said he was “as­ton­ished” at the re­ac­tion.

“Guys I’m a lit­tle bit amazed, as­ton­ished by what I’m read­ing on the in­ter­net,” he said in a video posted on Twit­ter.

“Of course I didn’t want to of­fend any­one. This was from a dis­tor­tion of my English level and my English cul­ture level which is ob­vi­ously not (high) enough.”

“This was a joke, prob­a­bly a bad one and I want to apol­o­gise for the one I may have of­fended,” Solveig added.

Hegerberg, 23, whose goals pro­pelled Lyon to a record fifth Cham­pi­ons League ti­tle and their 12th-con­sec­u­tive do­mes­tic crown, played down the con­tro­versy and said it hadn’t marred her evening.

“I didn’t feel it was like that at all to be hon­est and I am sad if peo­ple thought about the sit­u­a­tion like that,” Hegerberg said af­ter the show.

She added: “He came to see me af­ter and apol­o­gised. The Ballon d’Or is the most im­por­tant thing.”

Be­fore the cer­e­mony, Hegerberg told The Guardian that she found it “re­ally frus­trat­ing” that sport re­mains “such a man’s world”.

“Some­times it’s re­ally frus­trat­ing, I must say. Some­times you have episodes or sit­u­a­tions where you feel like, ‘damn, we’re in such a man’s world’,” she said in an in­ter­view.

157 goals for Hegerberg in 125 Lyon ap­pear­ances

Sorry: Solveig (l) and Hegerberg (r).

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