Good and bad in Ballon d'Or twerking uproar

Good and bad in Ballon d'Or twerking uproar

Olympique Lyon and Norway's Ada Hegerberg became the first footballer to win the Women's Ballon d'Or award at the gala in Paris on Monday night.

Murray took to social media to slam Martin Solveig after he asked Norwegian footballer Ada Hegerberg if she knew how to perform the raunchy dance move - an example of "the ridiculous sexism that still exists in sport".

"This was a joke, probably a bad one, and I want to apologise for the one I may have offended".

"I explained to [Ada Hegerberg] the buzz and she told me she understood it was a joke". I got to dance a bit, and I got the Ballon d'Or, so nothing else was in my mind. I didn't think about it at that moment.

However, as the Norway worldwide was leaving the stage, Solveig asked her if she knew how to twerk, but the three-time women's Champions League victor abruptly said "no" before walking away.

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

Former Football Fern Maia Jackman told 1 NEWS yesterday she was gutted a historic moment in women's football history had been reduced to a sexist remark.

Martin Solveig has since defended his comments. The Ballon d'Or victor replied with a straight "No".

British tennis star Andy Murray, who has previously spoken out about sexism in sports, voiced his support for Hegerberg. I'd imagine something about football. "Nevertheless, my apologies to anyone who may have been offended".

"The Ballon d'Or is the most important thing", she added.

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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". Maybe in the past there are some players who could have won the Ballon d'Or like Xavi or Andres Iniesta but people finally now are looking at someone else.

Luka Modric, a midfielder who plays for Croatia and Real Madrid, was named the top male player of 2018, breaking Cristiano Ronaldo's and Lionel Messi's decade-long hold on the Ballon d'Or.

She said she did not feel like the incident took away from her victory and said she was "sad if people thought about the situation like that", according to AFP.

"I think the fact I scored 54 goals last season and 53 goals this year - it's a lot of goals in one year", she said.

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