"This award is for all the players who probably deserved to win it and didn't".
French DJ Martin Solveig apologised and said he was taken aback by the stormy reaction online after he asked the inaugural women´s Ballon D´Or victor Ada Hegerberg whether she could "twerk" live on stage.
The 23-year-old replied with a firm no and walked off the stage as Solveig laughed.
Solveig's question prompted a storm of criticism, and he apologized also apologized on social media, blaming his mediocre English skills for his poor delivery.
The incident was a major talking point despite Hegerberg's achievement in becoming the first victor of the women's Ballon D'Or, an award which has been handed to male footballers since 1956.
Upon her acceptance of the trophy, Hegerberg was asked by the French DJ - who was emceeing the event alongside David Ginola - if she could twerk on stage.
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Unlike Solveig, the crowd at the awards ceremony was not amused. Solveig asked, sparking shocked looks from those in attendance. The rest of the audience remained silent.
In what was a stunning individual 2017/18 season, Hegerberg managed to score a remarkable 49 goals in 32 appearances in all competitions and played a huge role in Lyon's march to their third straight Champions League title.
"I want to say thanks to France Football", Hegerberg said, per ESPNW. I did not want to offend anyone.
Hegerberg is no stranger to the disrespect often levied at female footballers.
The Norwegian striker later told John Leicester, of the Associated Press, that she wasn't upset by what Solveig said - and never viewed it as sexist or offensive. "It's all about how we respect women's football". Sometimes you have to take tough decisions to stay true to yourself.
"Ok, but do we know of Modric can twerk or are they not asking that of every victor...?"
Murray reacted passionately on social media, claiming that the incident highlights the concerning fact that sexism is still prevalent in sports.
He wondered why the women still had to endure it, while the questions posed to Mbappé or Modric were not all the same.