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By Yuliya Talmazan
A football star honored as the best female player in the world on Monday Only a few moments later Twerk came on stage.
Ada Hegerberg, who plays for the Norwegian national team and the French club Lyon, was honored at a solemn ceremony in Paris with the first Women's Ballon d & # 39; Or.
The 23-year-old The award was presented by event presenter Martin Solveig, who asked if she had asked about the sexually provocative dance step that singer Miley Cyrus had made popular.
Hegerberg, who helped her club to win the women's Champions League last season, looked uncomfortable and replied, "No."
The question of the French DJ made some of the mainly male viewers visibly startled.
When Hegerberg turned away, Solveig instead asked her to dance to Frank Sinatra's "Fly Me To The Moon." Later, Solveig apologized after being criticized by Twitter users.
"I'm a bit surprised and amazed by what I read on the Internet I do not insult anyone, "he said in a video, adding that his English could be partly to blame." That was a joke, probably a bad one, and I apologize to the one I may have insulted, excuse that. "
Solveig ve He also published a photo of him shaking hands after the Hegerberg ceremony.
He said, "She understood that it was a joke."
Hegerberg did not pass the awkward moment posted a photo of himself wearing the award on Twitter, accompanied by the headline "What a night."
When she spoke to reporters after the ceremony, she added, "He (Solveig) came to me and was really sad that it went like this, I did not think about it at the moment, I did not consider it sexual Harassment or anything. "
But British tennis star Andy Murray, who had previously spoken out about sexism in sports, spoke in favor of Hegerberg.
"Why is Mrs. [sic] still doing this?" He has to put up with that …? ", He posted on Instagram.
The two-time Wimbledon winner and Olympic double gold medalist added: "And anyone who thinks people overreact, it was just a joke. It was not. I've been in sport and the level all my life of sexism is unreal. "
The prestigious balloon d & # 39; Or prize exists since 1956 and was traditionally awarded by football journalists to the best male players Previously, there had been no women's football category.
Luka Modric, a midfielder who plays for Croatia and Real Madrid, was named Best Male Player of the Year in 2018, breaking the ball on d & # 39; Or for ten years with Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
Earlier, Hegerberg said she hoped she would win motivate female players.
"It's important to show young girls that they can believe in themselves, and I hope they get inspired," she said.