Monday 10 December 2018

'Why do women still have to put up with that s**t' - backlash after women's Ballon d'Or winner asked to 'twerk' on stage

Ada Hegerberg won the women’s Ballon d’Or (Christophe Ena/AP).
Ada Hegerberg won the women’s Ballon d’Or (Christophe Ena/AP).
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A presenter has received a massive backlash after he asked the winner of the women's Ballon d'Or to perform a 'twerk' on stage.

Norwegian striker Ada Hegerberg has won three Champions League medals in-a-row with Lyon, and last night scooped the Ballon d'Or at a star-studded ceremony in Paris.

Hegerberg made history as the first winner of the women's Ballon d'Or but her moment in the spotlight was sullied by Martin Solveig, a French DJ who was on stage for the award.

Solveig took the opportunity to ask Hegerberg if she would perform a 'twerk' on stage. The crowd's reaction said it all, with Hegerberg quickly shutting down the awkward moment, and Solveig has since come in for plenty of criticism for his inappropriate question.

Former world number one and two-time Wimbledon champion Andy Murray hit out at the "unreal level of sexism".

He took to Instagram to air his views on the controversial incident.

"Another example of the ridiculous sexism that still exists in sport," he said.

"Why do women still have to put up with that s**t.

"What questions did they ask Mbappe and Modric? I'd imagine something to do with football. And to everyone who thinks people are overreacting and it was just a joke. It wasn't. I've been involved in sport my whole life and the level of sexism is unreal."

Martin Solveig later posted a video apologising 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."

On receiving the award, Hegerberg said: "I would like to say a huge thanks to France Football, for letting us have this opportunity to have this award.

"It is a huge step for women's football and the work you have put down is such an important thing for women's football and together we will make a difference.

"I would like to end this speech, with some words to young girls all over the world. Please believe in yourself."

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