The French DJ Martin Solveig, who participated in the animation of the Golden Ball 2018 ceremony, caused controversy on Monday after having asked Ada Hegerberg, first woman laureate of history, if she knew how to do 'twerking', an expression in English with which is usually referred to the dance of 'perreo'.
"Do you know how to do 'twerking'?", launched the French DJ to the Norwegian player from Lyon, who responded by diverting his head in another direction, just before receiving the first female Golden Ball in history.
This short sequence sparked controversy in social networks, where Internet users were outraged by the "sexism" and the "total lack of respect" to the Norwegian soccer player.
Once the gala ended, Martin Solveig publicly apologized in a video on Twitter"I'm surprised by what I read on the Internet, of course, I did not want to offend anyone," he said.
"It's a joke, maybe a practical joke, and I would like to apologize to all those who could offend. I'm sorry, "he added.
Hegerberg accepts the apologies
"He came to see me and asked for forgiveness. I did not see the situation like that, like the others. We dance a little, I have the Golden Ball, that's the most important thing for me. I did not find it sexist"Hegerberg declared after the ceremony.
Would that have asked a man? "That's a good question," the winner responded before advocating for greater recognition of women's football.