Andy Murray blasts sexism in sport after twerk remark to Ballon d'Or winner Ada Hegerberg

Kachi Wachuku in Tennis News 14 Dec 2018
  • Andy Murray calls out 'unreal sexism' in sport after Ballon d'Or winner Ada Hegerberg was asked to twerk on stage
  • Incident occurred when DJ Martin Solveig asked Hegerberg 'if she could twerk' after she received her award
Andy Murray. (credit: AFP/Getty Images)

Once again, Andy Murray makes it very clear that he will NOT tolerate any form the sexism against women in sports...

Former World No.1 Andy Murray took to his social media to call out bias towards women in sports following the latest Ballon d'Or ceremony. The highly coveted award is given to the best footballer in the world over the past year, and this year's event included a category for the best women's footballer for the first time ever. 

Norwegian striker Ada Hegerberg won the award and gave an empowering speech, where she encouraged more girls to play football, telling them to "please believe in yourself". But her remarkable moment was overshadowed when official DJ Martin Solveig subsequently asked Hegerberg if she could 'twerk', a remark that sent social media into a frenzy over the perceived blatant sexism. After all, he didn't ask male recipient and Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric the same question right?

Murray, 31, known to stand up against prejudice in sports, quickly took to his social media to call out the 'unreal sexism' in sport. He wrote, "Another example of the ridiculous sexism that still exists in sport."

"Why do women still have to put up with that sh*t? What questions did they ask Mbappe and Modric? I'd imagine something to do with football," he continued.

"And to everyone who thinks people are overreacting and it was just a wasn't. I've been involved in sport my whole life and the level of sexism is unreal." 

French DJ, Solveig then posted an apology video on his Twitter page: "Sincere apologies to the one I may have offended. My point was, I don't invite women to twerk but dance on a Frank Sinatra song."

He posted two further apologies to his page. "I explained to @AdaStolsmo the buzz and she told me she understood it was a joke. Nevertheless my apologies to anyone who may have been offended. Most importantly congratulations to Ada."

Hederberg herself said, "To be honest, I didn't take Martin Solveig joke as sexist at all."

Speaking to BBC Sport, the Ballon d'Or winner explained: "He came to me afterwards and was really sad that it went that way. I didn't really think about it at the time."

"I was just happy to do the dance and win the Ballon d'Or to be honest. I will have a glass of champagne when I get back."

Her Lyon team-mate Lucy Bronze, an England defender and Ballon d'Or nominee, told BBC Sport it was "just a joke".

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Andy Murray blasts sexism in sport after twerk remark to Ballon d'Or winner Ada Hegerberg

Former World No.1 Andy Murray took his social media to say 'level of sexism is unreal' in sport after first female Ballon d'Or winner Ada Hegerberg was asked to twerk after receiving the prestigious award.

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