In this photo taken Monday Dec.3, 2018, French DJ and musician Martin Solveig, left, talks to Olympique Lyonnais' Ada Hegerberg, of Norway, during the Golden Ball (Ballon d'Or) award ceremony at the Grand Palais in Paris.
He tweeted, "I didn't know that this could be seen as such an offence", and added: "This was a joke, probably a bad one".
Ceremony co-host Solveig asked Hegerberg: "Do you know how to twerk?" before the Norwegian turned away as she responded: "No".
"I explained to @AdaStolsmo the buzz and she told me she understood it was a joke". "I got to dance a bit and I got the Ballon d'Or".
"I think in this moment there needed to be some respect held for the significance of the moment and that Ada made history for the first woman to ever be awarded this award".
Upon lifting the prestigious award, Ada, who plays for French side, Lyon, addressed the star-studded crowd, challenging young women to believe in themselves.
She has already got 16 goals in 12 games across all competitions this season, with many social media users - including prominent sports figures - saying her achievements should have been the focus on Monday night.
"Let him dance with the queen tonight, I was thinking", she told the AP.
What was supposed to be an uplifting moment, though, was marred by Martin Solveig.
Among the fiercest critics was tennis star Andy Murray, who asked: 'Why do women still have to put up with this s***?' Maybe in the past there are some players who could have won the Ballon d'Or like Xavi or Andres Iniesta but people finally now are looking at someone else.
"Sincere apologies to anyone I may have offended".
She said "This is a huge step for women's football".
"Disgusting what happened with Hegerberg at the Ballon d'Or and it's vital the vile attitude and mindset is stamped out across the globe", Welsh FA media executive Owain Harries wrote. "It was the most important people in my life - most of them, some of them were missing - but I am so happy to share this moment with them".
"I wasn't upset", she said.
"I think there are a lot of other subjects to discuss if we're talking about sexual matters". After Solveig asked her the question, the cameras cut to young men's player of the year Kylian Mbappe, who looked surprised.