The tennis legend Andy Murray insisted that sexism is still a great issue in the world of sports and hits out at the French DJ Martin Solveig after he asked the first ever women's Ballon d'Or victor Ada Hegerberg about twerking while co-hosting the prestigious football event last night.
Asked after the conclusion of the ceremony if she felt Solveig's comment was sexist, Hegerberg said, per AP's John Leicester, that she "didn't take it as that at all". "And I want to apologize to the one I may have offended, sorry about that".
"I explained to [Ada Hegerberg] the buzz and she told me she understood it was a joke".
"I was just happy to do the dance and win the Ballon d'Or to be honest".
"I think in this moment there needed to be some respect held for the significance of the moment and that Ada made history for the first woman to ever be awarded this award".
The striker was the French league's top scorer with 31 goals last season while also firing 15 in the Champions League as Lyon went on to win the competition.
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Speaking after collecting her award on Monday, she told the Associated Press that she has no plans to reverse that decision.
Professional Italian club AS Roma called out Solveig as well, crowning the DJ as the new "idiot of the day".
The Ballon d'Or has been given out every year since 1956.
The reaction on social media was swift and furious, with tennis player Andy Murray commenting on the matter; "Another example of the ridiculous sexism that still exists in sport".
"And to everyone who thinks people are overreacting and it was just a joke.it wasn't". Taking to Twitter, he said "Sincere apologies to the one I may have offended".
He concluded his message by referring to a "level of sexism unreal". What questions did they ask Mbappe and Modric (this year's victor of the men's Ballon d'Or)? "Most importantly, congratulations to Ada".
"Sometimes you have episodes or situations where you feel like, 'Damn, we're in such a man's world, '" she said.