DJ 'really sad' after sparking football sexism row

The female footballer at the centre of the Ballon d’Or sexism row says the man who sparked the controversy was “really sad”.

A historic moment in female football history was overshadowed by a male presenter’s disgraceful question.

Moments after Ada Hegerberg became the first female recipient of the Ballon d’Or, she was asked to answer some questions from DJ Martin Solveig.

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Solveig said he was really sorry for asking Hegerberg to twerk. Pic: Twitter/Getty

In shocking scenes, Solveig asked Hegerberg if she could twerk on stage.

Outraged viewers flooded social media to slam Solveig over the incident.

Hegerberg has since said she did not take offence to the bizarre request and revealed the DJ was remorseful over the incident.

“I’ve had a lot of questions about that subject,” Hegerberg told media afterwards.

“He came to me after and he was really, really sad that it went that way.

“I didn’t think about it in that moment, I didn’t consider it as a sexual harassment or anything, I was just happy to get a dance and celebrate winning the Ballon d’Or to be honest.

“I think this is a fantastic day for women’s football in general, it’s historical, it’s a big step forward for women’s football to have this award.

Solveig posted a subsequent apology on Twitter, claiming Hegerberg “understood it was a joke”.

With agencies