A historic moment in female football has been destroyed by a male presenter’s disgraceful question.
Moments after Ada Hegerberg became the first female recipient of the Ballon d’Or on Tuesday morning, she was asked to answer some questions from DJ Martin Solveig.
The French DJ was a guest host at the prestigious awards ceremony, but we doubt he’ll be invited back.
In shocking scenes, Solveig asked Hegerberg if she could twerk on stage.
The Norwegian footballer reacted with shock before quickly responding ‘no’ and walking away.
Those in the crowd audibly gasped, as the camera cut to French star Kylian Mbappé in the front row, who didn’t look impressed.
Football journalist Jason Pettigrove branded Solveig “f***ing pathetic”, while hoards of other social media users also slammed the DJ.
Ada Hegerberg (@AdaStolsmo) won the first-ever female #ballondor (best soccer player in the world) today. After her acceptance speech, she was asked to twerk on stage. Ridiculous. pic.twitter.com/bh5D3AWAOw
— Jeff Eisenband (@JeffEisenband) December 3, 2018
Martin Solveig really asked Ada Hegerberg, the first ever Ballon D'Or winner, to twerk. The absolute disrespect bruh. pic.twitter.com/Mtc5DBjS7a
— A West (@ayyy_west) December 3, 2018
Ada Hegerberg became the first ever Women’s #BallonDor winner tonight.
And then this moronic troglodyte, Martin Solveig, asked her if “she can twerk”. Are you kidding me?! WTFpic.twitter.com/PGE4RPk287
— Kevin (@KevinKT29) December 3, 2018
Absolute trash: French DJ Martin Solveig asks Ada Hegerberg to twerk after receiving the first women's Ballon d'Or award. (Love her response, though.) This is the crap female athletes deal with on a daily basis around the world.pic.twitter.com/y2TLe3v4u9
— Grant Wahl (@GrantWahl) December 3, 2018
Ada Hegerberg becomes the first female Ballon d’Or winner.
The result? Asked whether she could twerk on stage by DJ Martin Solveig.
Mbappe’s reaction said it all … 😶#ballondor
— Taz (@TazPhalora) December 3, 2018
Martin Solveig asked Ada Hegerberg to TWERK after she became the first ever person to win the Women’s #Ballondor.
Her reaction is everything. What a disgrace he is. https://t.co/wGC4kZkR2M
— Jessica Dunne (@JessicaTeneal) December 3, 2018
This is outrageous…
Ada Hegerberg – wins the first women's #ballondor.
The host, Martin Solveig [no, I've not heard of him either], asks her if she can 'twerk'.
She didn't appreciate it… and rightly so. What a moron he is. https://t.co/BUAnf5Mg4J
— Jack Mendel (@Mendelpol) December 3, 2018
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
What kind of question is this? And why are these guys laughing? This is disgusting, I'm so sorry for Ada Hegerberg pic.twitter.com/FHUnZPSRqO
— Siavoush Fallahi (@SiavoushF) December 3, 2018
Solveig offered an apology on social media afterwards, describing it as a ‘bad joke’.
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
However Hederberg has since played down the furore, insisting she wasn’t upset.
“He came to me afterwards and was really sad that it went that way,” she said afterwards.
“I didn’t really think about it at the time to be honest. I didn’t really consider it a sexual harassment or anything in the moment.
“I was just happy to do the dance (to Sinatra) and win the Ballon d’Or to be honest.”
I explained to @AdaStolsmo the buzz and she told me she understood it was a joke. Nevertheless my apologies to anyone who may have been offended. Most importantly congratulations to Ada pic.twitter.com/DATdg0TfQk
— Martin Solveig (@martinsolveig) December 3, 2018
‘I don’t think the respect has been there’
A jury of 45 journalists picked the 23-year-old Hegerberg from among 15 nominees, including Matildas star striker Sam Kerr, who was fifth in the voting.
“For the first time a woman will win football’s highest honour. So even if I don’t win, we will,” Kerr posted on Instagram before the awards ceremony on Monday.
Kerr had another outstanding 2018 winning the NWSL golden boot, the PFA Women’s Footballer of the Year and ESPY Award for Best International Women’s Soccer Player.
Dane Pernille Harder and German Dzsenifer Marozsan rounding out the top three while Brazilian Marta was fourth.
Hegerberg called the award “a huge step for women’s football” and also told The Associated Press she feels “very proud” to be the first Ballon d’Or-winning woman.
She scored a tournament-record 15 goals for Lyon in the Women’s Champions League last season.
Hegerberg also expressed frustration about living “in such a man’s world” and said the award will not make her reconsider her refusal to play for Norway, including at next June’s Women’s World Cup, because of her unhappiness over perceived inequality.
“A lot of things need to be done to make the conditions better for women who play football,” she said.
“It’s all about how we respect women’s football. I don’t think the respect has been there.
“I wish the national team the best, though. We just follow two different paths at the moment.”
France Football magazine has been awarding the Ballon d’Or – until now only to men – since 1956.