• STV
  • MySTV

Murray and Kerr hit out at 'sexist' Ballon d'Or comment

First female winner of top football award was asked to 'twerk' by ceremony's host.

Andy Murray has hit out at 'ridiculous sexism' as the first female Ballon d'Or recipient was asked to 'twerk' on stage by the awards host.

And Scotland Women's head coach Shelley Kerr branded the incident "inappropriate and unacceptable".

Footballer Ada Hegerberg had just won the inaugural Women's Ballon d'Or when the host, DJ Martin Solveig, asked her if she knew how to do the dance move.

The Lyon and Norway forward said "no" in response.

The award recognises the best football players in the world, with Real Madrid's Luca Modric winning the men's category and Pars St-Germain's Kylian Mbappe lifting the youth prize.

Speaking to STV News, Kerr said: "It's an easy one, it was totally inappropriate.

"The woman's game has evolved over the years, but globally it should be valued more.

Shelley Kerr criticised the 'twerk' comments.
Shelley Kerr criticised the 'twerk' comments. SNS

"You have a phenomenal young player, who has scored over 250 goals.

"She is a serial Champions League winner and now the morning after we are talking about an inappropriate comment.

"It's not acceptable."

Responding to the host's comments, tennis player Murray took to social media to blast the move as "another example of the ridiculous sexism that still exists in sport".

Posting on his Instagram stories, Murray said: "Why do women still have to put up with that s***?

"What questions did they ask Mbappe and Modric? I'd imagine something to do with football."

"I've been involved in sport my whole life and the level of sexism is unreal."
Andy Murray

He added: "And to everyone who thinks people are overreacting and it was a joke...it wasn't.

"I've been involved in sport my whole life and the level of sexism is unreal."

Murray has been vocal in the past about sexism in sport, calling out a reporter who praised him for winning two Olympic gold medals, saying that Venus and Serena Williams had won "about four each".

He has spoken about the criticism his female coach Amélie Mauresmo has faced when he lost matches, something he said never happened with former male coaches.

He is also an advocate for equal pay for men and women at combined events.

Kerr also praised Murray for stepping in to show his support for women's sport.

She said: "I think it's great, that we have such a role model in Andy Murray, who is supporting woman in sport. He always does

"We need to make sure that there is more people who come out and say how they feel about things

"In this modern day, there is no place for inappropriate comments."

The host Martin Solveig later apologised for his comments.

Download: The STV News app is Scotland's favourite and is available for iPhone from the App store and for Android from Google Play. Download it today and continue to enjoy STV News wherever you are.

One account. All of STV.

This field is required. That doesn't look like a valid e-mail format, please check. That e-mail's already in our system. Please try again.
ShowHide
Forgot password?
This field is required. This must be at least 6 characters long. Did you enter your details correctly?
If you've forgotten your details then use the 'Forgot password?' link.
Need to reset your password?

We'll send a link to reset your password to

We've sent you details on how to reset your password

Please check your email and follow the instructions.

Forgotten your email address?

Have you forgotten the email address that you previously joined with? Don't worry, by emailing enquiries@stv.tv we can help.

One account. All of STV.

This field is required. Please enter at least 2 characters
This field is required. Please enter at least 2 characters
This must be at least 6 characters long.
ShowHide
This field is required. This must be at least 6 characters long.
You must be over 16 to join STV.
This field is required. This doesn't appear to be a valid date
We need this to check that you live in an STV region.
This field is required. This doesn't appear to be a valid postcode
Would you like us to email you about our great shows and services from time to time?
We'll only send emails we think you'll like (see example) based on information you have supplied and shows you have watched on STV Player. For details on emails and advertising, see our STV & You page.
Would you like to receive emails from the Scottish Children's Lottery about draws, instant games and competitions?
We support the Scottish Children's Lottery (SCL), which is managed by our colleagues at STV ELM Ltd. You can find out more about the SCL on its website, including its Privacy Policy.

By continuing you agree to our Terms of Use, and understand our Privacy and Cookie Policies.

Upload Profile Picture

Please make sure your image is under 2mb in size and a valid JPG, PNG or GIF.

Are you sure?

Unfortunately, you'll be unable to access our premium content. We’ll be sorry to see you go, but if you change your mind you can rejoin us at any time.

Please verify your STV account

Please verify your STV account using the email we sent you. If you have lost the email, we can send you another one, just click the button below.

Thanks

We've sent you a new verification email.
Please check your email and follow the instructions to verify your account.

Welcome to STV
Thanks for joining us.

Oops!

Sorry, you must be at least 12 years old to place a vote for your Real Hero.

Please review our Voting Terms of Use for more information.

Oops!

Sorry! It seems that you are using a browser that is incompatible with our voting service.

To register your vote please copy the below URL in to your regular mobile browser. We recommend Google Chrome, or Safari.

http://shows.stv.tv/real-heroes/voting

Oops!

Sorry, you seem to have already voted in this category.

Thanks for voting

Now share your vote with friends on your social network

Share on twitter Share on facebook

Cast your vote

Please register or sign in to continue.

Cast your vote

This field is required. This doesn't appear to be a valid date

Cast your vote

Please fill out this form to cast your vote. As you are under 16 years old you will not create an STV account. Why do we need these details?

This field is required. Please enter at least 2 characters
This field is required. Please enter at least 2 characters
This field is required. That doesn't look like a valid e-mail format, please check.
Location This field is required.
Parental Consent This field is required.

That's you. All that's left is to click the 'Submit Vote' button below. By doing so, you confirm that you and your parent or guardian have read and accept our Voting Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Cookie policy, and that the details you have entered are correct. We'll look after them as carefully as if they were our own.