Host DJ Martin Solveig apologised to Women’s Ballon d’Or winner Ada Hegerberg for asking her after she collected her award if she knew “how to twerk”.,
Solveig, 42, said Ada Hegerberg – who answered “no” – had told him after the ceremony she “understood it was a joke”.
Hegerberg also reportedly told BBC Sport she “didn’t consider it sexual harassment”.
Solveig was playing music throughout the ceremony, and also danced with Hegerberg to Frank Sinatra.
During the presentation of her award, he asked her: “Do you know how to twerk?” She responded: “No.”
Hegerberg, who had just made a speech talking about her hopes of inspiring girls to believe in themselves, appeared unhappy at the question, sparking the reaction on social media.
Apologies to anyone who may have been offended,” Dj Martin Solveig wrote on Twitter. “This was a joke, probably a bad one, and I want to apologise.”
In a video message, he added: “I am a little bit amazed as to what I am reading on the internet. I, of course, didn’t want to offend anyone.
“This comes from a distortion of my English level and my English culture level, which is obviously not enough because I didn’t mean to offend anyone and didn’t know this could be seen as such an offence.
“Especially if you consider the sequence in total, when we ended up dancing to Frank Sinatra.”
I explained to @AdaStolsmo 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 Ada pic.twitter.com/DATdg0TfQk
— Martin Solveig (@martinsolveig) December 3, 2018