Mods, I've put this in Social Affairs, since it is a social matter.
So for the first time ever, FIFA have awarded two Ballons d'Or; one for men and one for women.
The men's award went to Luca Modric. Deserved award for him. He's been a creative force in the Madrid setup since he was freed from bondage at a small North London club who don't even have a stadium. Very obviously Croatia's best player in their historic run to the World Cup final this past summer.
The women's award went to Ada Hegerberg - approaching 300 career goals and 3 champions leagues at the age of 23. 10 goals off breaking the all-time CL goal record which she'll probably do this season, she got 15 last season. She is an incredibly talented player who could be one of the best ever.
This is a positive step for "official soccer". Recognizing that there are millions of fine female soccer players across the world, and that their contributions to the sport merit an award alongside the men, is to be congratulated. Many of you will remember Stephanie Roche's fantastic goal that made the shortlist alongside Robin Van Persie and Jaimes Rodriguez for the Puskas award a few years ago. Some of you may have even voted for her.
However, in FIFA's ongoing quest to insert both of their feet into their mouth, the presenter of the award to Ms. Hegerberg did.....well, he.....he asked her.....oh feck it, just watch it....
What an absolute numpty! Her reaction says it all. What a thing to say at such a "prestigious" event.
Why on earth did this moron think that it was ok for him to ask such a question?
There's been a massive backlash against him, and he's issued the non-apology "sorry to anyone I may have offended".
I had hoped we'd moved on from the bad old days.