Norwegian striker, Ada Hegerberg, made history Monday in Paris as the first woman to win women’s Ballon D’Or and she hailed it a “big step forward” for the game.
Her victory was however overshadowed by a none footballing event after DJ and presenter Martin Solveig asked her if she could twerk.
The French host asked the Lyon and Norway player if she knows how to do the dance, to which she quickly replied no.
This sparked outrage on social media, with many users wondering if Solveig would have asked the same question of a male winner.
He later shared a video on Twitter apologising for any offence caused.
“I am a little bit amazed by what I am reading on the internet,” he said in the video.
“I, of course, didn’t want to offend anyone.
“This comes from a distortion of my English level and my English culture level, which is obviously not enough because I didn’t mean to offend anyone and didn’t know this could be seen as such an offence especially if you consider the sequence in total, when we ended up dancing to Frank Sinatra.
“This was a joke, probably a bad one.
“I want to apologise for the one I may have offended.
“Sorry about that.”He also explained that he spoke to Hegerberg afterwards to discuss the incident.
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 pic.twitter.com/pnZX8qvl4R
— Martin Solveig (@martinsolveig) December 3, 2018
The 23 year-old Lyon star — whose prolific form in front of goal helped the French club secure a third successive Champions League victory — edged out Danish forward Pernille Harder to claim the inaugural prize at a ceremony in Paris on Monday.
“I am touched and very proud, for women’s football, for myself, for the club. I share this with Olympique Lyonnais, my teammates, the staff,” she beamed after joining men’s winner Luka Modric and men’s best young player Kylian Mbappe on the stage with her trophy.
“It’s historic, it’s incredible, a great day for women’s football and a big step forward.”