Ada Hegerberg winning the Ballon d'Or.

There have been plenty of missteps with international women’s soccer awards before, from a voting process heavily weighted towards fans that produced a weird result in the final nominees for FIFA’s Best Women’s Player award last year to the competing Ballon d’Or (awarded by France’s France Football magazine and merged with the FIFA World Player of the Year awards from 2010-15, but now separate again) not even having a women’s category until this year. And while it’s promising to see the Ballon d’Or finally handing out a women’s trophy, and while 23-year-old Ada Hegerberg (a striker for Norway and Olympique Lyonnais) was a very deserving winner with 42 goals in 25 club appearances this year, it was discouraging to see event host Martin Solveig (known for his work as a DJ and radio host in France) promptly ruin the moment by…asking her to twerk. Hegerberg was not impressed, and neither was French men’s star Kylian Mbappé (shown reacting below), and the same can be said for much of Twitter:

Former tennis star Andy Murray also chimed in:

And Solveig didn’t exactly improve matters with his “apology” afterwards:

He did make it a little better with a subsequent tweet, but not by much:

And unfortunately, this presentation misstep got much more attention than Hegerberg’s actual speech:

That’s a much better message than encouraging an award winner to twerk. And future presenters should learn what not to do from Solveig here. But for her part, Hedgerberg was gracious afterwards:

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Andrew Bucholtz has been covering sports media for Awful Announcing since 2012. He is also a staff writer for The Comeback. His previous work includes time at Yahoo! Sports Canada and Black Press.