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Ballon DOr host apologises as twerk request causes storm

04 December, 2018, 12:28 | Author: Candice Daniels
  • Ada Hegerberg reacts to getting asked to twerk at the Ballon

A clip from the ceremony of the DJ asking the 23-year-old Norwegian if she could twerk and her responding "Non" in French quickly racked up millions of views.

Solveig later offered his "sincere apologies" and Hegerberg said he also said sorry to her personally, but she dismissed suggestions that the incident had marred her evening.

Speaking of his award win, Modric said (via Goal), "It's a unique feeling, I'm happy, proud and it's an honour".

Fans denounced Solveig as "sexist" while praising Hegerberg's classy and firm dismissal of his question, sternly saying "no" in French, shaking her head and walking off. I don't think the respect has been there.

"Being historical and the first woman to win the Ballon d'Or is a huge moment in my life", she added.

It was a significant moment for the women's game and viewers were left angry that the moment was spoiled by Solveig and host David Ginola as they asked if she wanted to perform the provocative dance move.

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".

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Hegerberg was Lyon's top scorer with 15 goals in the Champion's League - including one in the final in Kiev in May, as Lyon came from behind to beat VfL Wolfsburg 4-1 after extra time and retain the trophy. I'd imagine something to do with football. The prolific striker has abstained from playing for Norway's national team since 2017 because of the country's treatment of its women's national team.

Users on twitter were quick to condemn the behaviour of Solveig as one user wrote: 'What kind of question is this? I didn't really consider it a sexual harassment or anything in the moment.

"I didn't take it as that at all", she said.

Modric, who has won the Champions League four times with Madrid, was fifth in Ballon d'Or polling previous year. "This is a huge step for women's football".

"It is a fantastic day for women's football.it is important to show young girls that they can believe in themselves and I hope they are inspired by this".

Cristiano Ronaldo, who has won the Ballon D'or five times - a record he shares with Barcelona striker Lionel Messi - placed a distant 5th. She finished well clear of Kerr, who came fifth in the voting, but the Matildas star wasn't bothered as long as female football was put under the spotlight on the world stage.

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