Ballon d’Or: DJ Martin Solveig sorry for Ada Hegerberg ‘twerk’ question

December 3, 2018 11:09 pm
Ada Hegerberg won the inaugural women’s Ballon d’Or award

DJ Martin Solveig apologised to Women’s Ballon d’Or winner Ada Hegerberg for asking her after she collected her award if she knew how to “twerk”.

The Frenchman, 42, said Lyon and Norway forward Hegerberg – who answered “no” – had told him later in the evening she “understood it was a joke”.

Hegerberg told BBC Sport she “didn’t consider it sexual harassment”.

The 23-year-old was named the inaugural winner of the award, which recognises the world’s best player, in Paris.

Real Madrid and Croatia midfielder Luka Modric won the men’s award, becoming the first player other than Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo to claim the trophy in more than a decade.

During the presentation of the women’s award, co-host Solveig asked Hegerberg: “Do you know how to twerk?” She responded: “No.”

Solveig was widely criticised for the question, and responded on social media once the ceremony had finished.

“Apologies to anyone who may have been offended,” he wrote on Twitter.