French DJ Martin Solveig on Monday night, December 4 sparked social media outrage after asking Norway global Ada Hegerberg to dance on stage moments after being crowned victor of the female Ballon d'Or award.
Viewers were dumbfounded when, upon Hegerberg receiving the award, French DJ Solveig, who was co-hosting the event in Paris with former France worldwide David Ginola, suggestively inquired of the star "do you know how to twerk", to which she sternly replied "no", shook her head, and turned to walk away.
Criticism of Solveig's inappropriate behaviour was widespread across social media, with many claiming that it appeared as though his question had sullied a significant moment for Hegerberg.
"I'm a little bit amazed, astonished by what I'm reading on the internet", Solveig said. "This comes from a distortion of my English level and English culture level, which obviously is not enough, because I didn't mean to offend anyone and I didn't know that this would be seen as such an offense".
"Sincere apologies to the one I may have offended".
She replied with a blunt "No", and Solveig has subsequently apologised.
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Hegerberg told The Associated Press she has no plans to reconsider her decision taken to preserve her "authenticity and my values, as a person, as a footballer".
She has said that she won't play for Norway at next year's Women's World Cup.
Ada Hegerberg made history Monday, as the Norwegian star was crowned the first-ever victor of the women's Ballon d'Or during a gala in Paris.
"And to everyone who thinks people are overreacting and it was just a joke.it wasn't". "Sad if people thought about the situation like that, but it didn't come to my mind at all".
She answered with a simple "no" to the question, which was asked by French DJ Martin Solveig, before turning to walk away. "Most importantly congratulations to Ada", Solveig wrote. After asking the first woman to win the Ballon d'Or if she twerked, French DJ Martin Solveig then said sorry. I wasn't thinking at the time, I didn't view it as sexual harassment or anything of this kind.
Hegerberg played down the incident.
France Football magazine has been awarding the Ballon d'Or - until now only to men - since 1956. I was just happy you know. I wanted to end with some words for young girls around the world: "believe in yourselves".