Do professional female athletes still face a lack of respect? | DW News

Lyon and Norway striker Ada Hegerberg won the first women’s Ballon d’Or after setting a record with 15 goals in the Champions League. During the Ballon d’Or awards ceremony, Hegerberg was asked by DJ and co-host Martin Solveig if she could do a sexually suggestive dance known as “twerking.” Critics condemned the question as inappropriate and sexist, prompting an apology from Solveig. Tennis Star Andy Murray wrote on Instagram that the incident was “another example of ridiculous sexism that still exists in sports,” and asked why “women still have to put up with” this kind of behavior. Others have pointed out that Hegerberg’s male counterparts, such as Luka Modric, were not asked the same question during the ceremony.

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