French DJ Martin Solveig on Tuesday issued an apology after his "twerk" question towards Norwegian footballer Ada Hegerberg at the Ballon d'Or awards presentation ceremony sparked a sexism row. "This was a joke, probably a bad one, and I want to apologise".
Hegerberg said Solveig also apologized to her personally, even though "I wasn't upset".
"He came to me afterwards and was really sad that it went that way".
The professional footballer scored a massive 53 goals last season and helped take her side Lyon to win the French Champions League.
However, as the Norway global was leaving the stage, Solveig asked her if she knew how to twerk, but the three-time women's Champions League victor abruptly said "no" before walking away.
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"Why do woman [sic] still have to put up with that s***?"
The England defender, 27, told the BBC: 'Ada can twerk, she was lying.
Sports Illustrated and Fox Sports contributor Grant Wahl added his disapproval of the incident, calling Solveig "absolute trash" and agreeing with Murray's comment that "this is the crap female athletes deal with on a daily basis around the world".
France Football magazine has been awarding the Ballon d'Or - until now only to men - since 1956, when Matthews was the first victor.
The reaction on social media was swift and furious, with tennis player Andy Murray commenting on the matter; "Another example of the ridiculous sexism that still exists in sport". "I'd imagine something to do with football", said Andy Murray.
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The two-time Wimbledon victor and Olympic double gold medalist added: "And to everyone who thinks people are overreacting and it was just a joke".
Olympique Lyonnais' Ada Hegerberg lifts the Women's Ballon d'Or award.
"Sincere apologies to the one I may have offended". After Solveig asked her the question, the cameras cut to young men's player of the year Kylian Mbappe, who looked surprised. At the age of 23, Hagerberg became the first woman to strike 300 goals and won the inaugural award, considered the highest honour in the world of football. "It was the most important people in my life - most of them, some of them were missing - but I am so happy to share this moment with them.
It was nothing special", she said.
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