Andy Murray hits out at s exism after Ballon d’Or winner Ada Hegerberg was asked if she could

Andy Murray hits out at sexism after Ballon d’Or winner Ada Hegerberg was asked if she could twerk. Andy Murray has been hailed as a ‘hero’ after he strongly condemned French DJ Martin Solveig’s decision to ask women’s Ballon d’Or winner Ada Hegerberg if she could twerk.

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.

Murray, as aghast as many inside the Grand Palais in Paris on Monday, quickly took to Instagram to hit out at the ‘ridiculous sexism that still exists in sport.’  

The two-time Wimbledon champion, who has two daughters, added to his initial comments having been left angered at the lack of respect shown towards the Norwegian striker.

Neither Kylian Mbappe, who won the Trophee Kopa for the best U21 player, or men’s winner Luka Modric were asked if they could twerk by Solveig.

An unimpressed Murray wrote: ‘Why do women still have to put up with that s***? What questions did they ask Mbappe and Modric.

‘I’d imagine it had something to do with football. And to everyone who thinks people are overreacting and it was just a joke… It wasn’t.

‘I’ve been involved in sport my whole life and the level of sexism is unreal.’ 

Social media, already seething from the viral clip of Solveig’s inappropriate question, soon had Murray as their hero after using his influence to shed light onto the wider issue. 

Twitter user Jemma Page wrote: Dear men, Be more Andy Murray. Yours sincerely, women.

Women in Football described Murray as a ‘#MaleAlly’ when they wrote: ‘Andy Murray, saying it how it is. #Respect. #MaleAlly. #WomeninFootball.’ 

Murray is still active on the men’s tennis circuit but that did not stop people speculating on a future role for him as a ‘President’ or a ‘Sports Minister’ given his strong stance and support on social issues. 

A host of people on social media expressed their delight at the support of Murray – many aware that this is not the first time the three-time Grand Slam champion has called out sexism in sport.

At Wimbledon in 2017, the Scot set the record straight with a reporter after he was told Sam Querrey was the first American to reach a semi-final since 2007.  

The incident became the defining moment of the 2018 awards and in the hours that followed, Solveig looked to clear up his part in it. 

The French DJ insisted he has always had the utmost respect for women, saying in a video on Twitter: ‘Sincere apologies to anyone I may have offended. My point was I don’t invite women to twerk but dance on a Sinatra song. 

‘Watch the full sequence people who have followed me for 20 years know how respectful I am especially with women.’ 

After the event, Hegerberg told reporters that she accepted the apology from the 42-year-old musician.

She was quoted on saying: ‘He came to me afterwards and was really sad that it went that way. I didn’t really think about it at the time to be honest.

‘I didn’t really consider it as sexual harassment or anything in the moment.’

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