Ballon d'Or victor Hegerberg plays down sexism row over 'twerk' request

Grant SmithDec 05, 2018

Hegerberg appeared visibly miffed, shaking her head, responding with a firm "Non" and then turning away after Solveig asked her on stage in French, "Do you know how to twerk?".

Social media has since blown up with reactions to Solveig's question, with Adam Batemen saying on Twitter: "I'm so glad that she said no, and didn't play along with his sexist games".

He tweeted, "I didn't know that this could be seen as such an offense", and added: "This was a joke, probably a bad one".

The awards ceremony in Paris saw Hegerberg become the first ever recipient of the women's award but the celebrations were overshadowed after she was asked if she could perform the provocative dance move while collecting her award on stage.

"I was just happy to get a dance and celebrate winning the Ballon d'Or, to be honest". "I of course didn't want to offend anyone", he said. "So even if I don't win, we will", Kerr posted on Instagram before the awards ceremony.

We wish we could say we were surprised by the incident but, sadly, it follows a long history of women in football not being given the respect and recognition they deserve.

Hegerberg said she did not believe that she was being harassed.

"A lot of things need to be done to make the conditions better for women who play football", she said.

Afterwards Hegerberg said it felt "incredible" to be the first female victor of the Ballon D'Or.

Journalists since 1956 have voted to recognize the best men's soccer players in the world but only now has France Football Magazine (the award's organizer) conducted similar balloting in women's soccer.

"What questions did they ask [best men's under-21 player Kylian] Mbappe and [best men's player Luka] Modric?"

Hegerberg told BBC Sport she "didn't consider it sexual harassment". "It was more of a joke of making her dance".

The three-time Women's Champions League victor with French team Lyon says she'll be resting during the World Cup and training for the next season with her club.

Before the disruption, Hegerberg thanked all who contributed to that moment.

Her goal-scoring exploits have led to comparisons with five-time Ballon d'Or winners Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, and she felt that had made the difference for her compared to her Lyon colleagues.

The prolific striker has abstained from playing for Norway's national team since 2017 because of the country's treatment of its women's national team.

"It is fantastic. I don't have words".

But she also expressed frustration with the uneven pace of progress for women.

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