DJ Solveig takes rap for twerking question at Ballon d'Or

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French DJ Martin Solveig on Tuesday issued an apology after his "twerk" question towards Norwegian footballer Ada Hegerberg at the Ballon d'Or awards presentation ceremony sparked a sexism row.

But despite being recognized as the best female footballer in the world, the outspoken 23-year-old Hegerberg said she won't play for Norway at the Women's World Cup in France next June.

When questioned on the subject in the mixed zone, Ada Hegerberg, all his happiness had lifted the precious trophy, did not wish to fuel the controversy and overwhelm with Martin Solveig.

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

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. "I'd imagine something to do with football", said Andy Murray. "It wasn't. I've been involved in sport my whole life and the level of sexism is unreal".

Scotland Women's National Team coach Shelley Kerr branded the incident "unacceptable", telling STV: "It was totally inappropriate".

This is a prime example of how far the soccer world still has to come in giving the women's game the respect it deserves.

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"[Hegerberg is] a phenomenal young player, who has scored over 250 goals". I didn't really think about it at the time to be honest. I didn't really consider it sexual harassment or anything in the moment.

She cheerfully said, "I got to dance a bit and I got the Ballon d'Or". This was a joke, probably a bad one. My point was: I don't invite women to twerk but dance on a Sinatra song. Watch the full clip, courtesy of BBC, below.

The co-host then also apologized to all the people who got hurt due to his controversial remark on stage and explained that it was just a joke.

"Apologies to anyone who may have been offended", said Solveig on Twitter, in what has become something of a classic apology, non-apology style used by people who have been caught out while behaving like arseholes. "Most importantly, congratulations to Ada".

That she was asked a question about twerking during a ceremony to honor her success angered sports stars and fans alike.

Olympique Lyonnais' Ada Hegerberg lifts the Women's Ballon d'Or award. "It's historic, it's incredible, a great day for women's football and a big step forward". I wanted to end with some words for young girls around the world: "believe in yourselves".