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”.
The 23-year-old Lyon and Norway striker became the first winner of the prize, which recognises the world’s best player, at an awards ceremony in Paris.
During the presentation, co-host Solveig asked Hegerberg: “Do you know how to twerk?” She responded: “No.”
“Apologies to anyone who may have been offended,” he wrote on Twitter.
Hegerberg told BBC Sport she “didn’t consider it sexual harassment or anything in the moment”.
Solveig was playing music throughout the ceremony, which included the men’s Ballon d’Or and Kopa Trophy presentations, and also danced with Hegerberg to Frank Sinatra.
He was widely criticised for his question to Hegerberg.
“I am a little bit amazed as to what I am reading on the internet,” he added in a video message. “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.
“This was a joke, probably a bad one, and I want to apologise for the one I may have offended, sorry about that.”
Solveig later posted a picture on Twitter of him and Hegerberg shaking hands, saying “she understood it was a joke”.
Hegerberg said: “He came to me afterwards and was really sad that it went that way. I didn’t really think about it at the time to be honest.
“I was just happy to do the dance and win the Ballon d’Or to be honest. I will have a glass of champagne when I get back.”
England defender and Ballon d’Or nominee Lucy Bronze, a team-mate of Hegerberg at Lyon, told BBC Sport it was “just a joke”.
“The DJ asked each person that won what their dance was but she can twerk, she was lying. It was more of a joke of making her dance,” she added.