Cape Town – Former tennis world No 1 Andy Murray went on an expletive laden rant following a sexist remark by a French DJ at the recent Ballon d’Or Awards, on Monday.
The annual awards ceremony recognising the best football players was hosted in Paris, with Norway forward Ada Hegerberg taking home the inaugural Women’s Ballon d’Or.
Following an inspirational speech about girls believing in themselves, DJ Martin Solveig cued the music and asked Hegerberg: “Do you know how to twerk?”
Hegerberg responded with a “no” and walked off stage. The incident sparked a buzz on social media and Murray was soon part of the chorus.
“Why do women still have to put up with that s***?” the three-time grand slam winner wrote in an Instagram story.
“What questions did they ask [Kylian] Mbappe and [men’s winner Luka] Modric? I’d imagine 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.”
Solveig apologised to Hegerberg personally after the event, saying it was meant as a joke. The Lyon play-maker accepted Solveig’s apology and brushed off the incident.
“He came to me afterwards and was really sad that it went that way,” Hegerberg told BBC Sport.
“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.”