Solveig was criticized on social media after asking the 23-year-old striker, in French, throughout the presentation: “Are you aware methods to twerk?” The participant shut down the road of questioning with a blunt “no.”
Solveig later apologized to Hegerberg in a sequence of tweets, saying he did not meant to offend anybody. “This was a joke, most likely a foul one, and I need to apologize for the one I could have offended. Sorry about that,” he mentioned.
When requested for her response, Hegerberg mentioned she did not view the remark as sexual harassment.
“He got here to me after and he was actually, actually unhappy that it went that manner. I did not give it some thought in that second — I did not take into account it as a sexual harassment or something,” she mentioned. “I used to be simply completely happy to get a dance and rejoice successful the Ballon d’Or, to be trustworthy.”
The Norwegian ahead was the highest scorer within the French league final season with 31 objectives, and scored 15 instances within the Champions League.
Yearly, the Ballon d’Or is awarded to the world’s greatest footballer as voted for by journalists, and is broadly thought-about probably the most prestigious particular person prize within the sport.
That she was requested a query about twerking throughout a ceremony to honor her success angered sports activities stars and followers alike.
Scottish tennis participant Andy Murray posted an Instagram story lambasting the host for sexist double requirements.
On prime of a screenshot of a information report concerning the feedback, Murray wrote: “One other instance of the ridiculous sexism that also exists in sport. Why do ladies have nonetheless need to put up with that s**t? What questions did they ask Mbappe and Modric (this yr’s winner of the boys’s Ballon d’Or)?
I would think about one thing to do with soccer. And to everybody who thinks persons are overreacting and it was only a joke… it wasn’t I have been concerned in sport my entire life and the extent of sexism is unreal.”
Sports activities Illustrated and Fox Sports activities contributor Grant Wahl added his disapproval of the incident, calling Solveig “absolute trash” and agreeing with Murray’s remark that “that is the crap feminine athletes take care of each day around the globe.”
Wahl additionally responded to Solveig’s first tweet in response to the controversy, saying it did not quantity to an apology.