Shock as first women's Ballon d'Or winner asked to twerk on stage

04 December 2018 - 13:26 By Odwa Mjo
Ada Hegerberg and DJ Solveig on stage at the Ballon d'Or 2018 awards event.
Ada Hegerberg and DJ Solveig on stage at the Ballon d'Or 2018 awards event.
Image: Reuters/Benoit Tessier

French DJ Martin Solveig received a huge backlash after asking the winner of the first  women's football award if she could twerk.

Norwegian footballer Ada Hegerberg won the first woman player of the year award at the Ballon d'Or in Paris on Monday. After she arrived on stage to receive her award, Solveig asked the 23-year-old if she could twerk. 

Hegerberg laughed at the question and simply replied "no". Despite her calm response, the public did not take Solveig's question well and accused him of being sexist.

The DJ later issued a statement on his Twitter account, apologising for offending anyone. "People who follow me for 20 years know how respectful I am, especially to women."

He further posted a picture of himself with Hegerberg and the Golden Ball trophy at the award show, saying that the footballer understood that it was a joke. 

Solveig's apology got a mixed reaction on social media.

X