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Women's Ballon d'Or winner shuts down 'twerk' demand made by presenter

ANI  |  London [UK] 

It was a historic moment for women's as of became the first woman to be awarded a but the moment was dampened when presenter DJ Martin asked the to twerk.

responded with a swift 'no' to the request before leaving the stage, immediately.

Later, took to his handle and apologised for what he called was a misunderstood situation.

"Sincere apologies to the one 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," wrote on

He later followed up by tweeting, "I explained to 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 "

Speaking about the incident, Hegerberg admitted that Solveig did come to her afterward and was "sad" about how the things went on the stage.

"He came to me afterward and was really sad that it went that way. I didn't really consider it a sexual harassment or anything in the moment. I was just happy to do the dance and win the to be honest," quoted Hegerberg, as saying.

Hegerberg, who was named the Women's of the Year in 2016, defeated the likes of Denmark' Pernille Harder, team-mate Dzsenifer Marozsan, Brazilian forward and Australia's to claim the prestigious

She has also won the French league, Coupe de France and three times apiece with her club, Olympique Lyonnais.

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First Published: Tue, December 04 2018. 09:25 IST