The comment came seconds after Ada Hegerberg made an empowering speech about sexism in football.
The internet went into a meltdown last night when Ada Hegerberg, the first ever winner of the women’s Ballon d’Or, was asked to ‘twerk’ on stage after receiving her award.
The Lyon and Norway striker gave an empowering speech as she called on girls around the world to believe in themselves, and said: “I want to say thanks to my team-mates because this would not have been possible without them, my coach or our president Jean-Michel Aulas. I also want to thank France Football. This is a huge step for women’s football.”
Lyon striker Ada Hegerberg, first female Ballon D'Or winner after scoring over 250 career goals at the age 23, asked to twerk on stage in front of footballing giants and the public watching. Disgusting and really ruined her moment she deserved. Poor. pic.twitter.com/FSz0ozz2T4
— Sean (@SeanWalkerSport) December 3, 2018
The people of the internet couldn’t help but express their disgust at the shameful moment, taking to Twitter to complain about the comment.
UEFA Women's Champions League winner. Three times.
First female ever to win the #BallondOr.
Being asked about twerking.
Blatant sexism in 2018.pic.twitter.com/SnkKxoRNhG
— DW Sports (@dw_sports) December 3, 2018
Wow – Martin Solveig asks Ada Hederberg – who has just won the inaugural women's Ballon d'Or – if she can twerk.
Her reaction is as you would expect. https://t.co/La5gzxvQsP
— Jeremy Smith (@jeremysmith98) December 3, 2018
Martin Solveig tweeted shortly after the ceremony, saying he had apologised to Ada for the remark.
“I explained to [Ada] and she told me she understood it was a joke,” he wrote. “Nevertheless, my apologies to anyone who may have been offended. Most importantly, congratulations to Ada.”
After the event, the 23-year-old told reporters: “He came to me afterwards and was really sad that it went that way. I didn’t really consider it sexual harassment or anything in the moment. I was just happy to do the dance and win the Ballon d’Or.”