Ballon d’Or Host Martin Solveig Forced To Apologize

International DJ Insults Award-Winner The co-host of the Ballon d’Or award ceremony has been forced to apologize after the winner of the women’s award, Ada Hegerberg, was asked on...

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The co-host of the Ballon d’Or award ceremony has been forced to apologize after the winner of the women’s award, Ada Hegerberg, was asked on stage if she knew how to twerk at the event in Paris.

The 23-year-old Lyon striker was announced as the first ever winner of the women’s Ballon d’Or by former France international David Ginola and gave an empowering speech to encourage more girls to play football.

However, as the Norway international was leaving the stage, French DJ and co-host Martin Solveig asked her if she could twerk, but the three-time women’s Champions League winner abruptly said “no” before walking away.

After the event, Hegerberg told reporters that she accepted the apology from the 42-year-old. She said: “He came to me afterwards and was really sad that it went that way. I didn’t really think about it at the time to be honest.

“I didn’t really consider it as sexual harassment or anything in the moment. I was just happy to do the dance and win the Ballon d’Or to be honest.”

Solveig was quick to apologize after his actions provoked furious criticism on social media. Accompanied by a video apologizing further to Hegerberg, Solveig wrote on Twitter: “Sincere apologies to the one I may have offended.

“My point was: I don’t invite women to twerk but dance on a Sinatra song. Watch the full sequence. People who have followed me for 20 years know how respectful I am especially with women.”

Meanwhile, Croatian midfielder Luka Modric broke Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi’s dominance to win the men’s Ballon d’Or.

It is the first time since 2007 that the award has gone to a player other than Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi.

The prize completes and fine 12 months for Modric, who won the Champions League with his club at the end of last season and was named Best FIFA Footballer of the Year in September after helping his country reach the World Cup final in Russia, where he was awarded the Golden Ball.

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