Sky Sports presenter Clare Tomlinson quickly took to social media to complain at the way women in white swimsuits paraded around the stage during Grime trio The Manor’s performance.
She tweeted: “At the PFA Awards – some very strong messages about racism and diversity from the Chairman and Chief Exec – and then they put on the scantily clad dancing girls.”
She added: “It’s about the juxtaposition of messages.. (sighs).”
Along with this, Arsenal star Vivianne Miedema’s PFA Women’s Player of the Year trophy was engraved with her name spelt incorrectly.
Clare was the first woman to present the PFA Awards in 2007.
Her tweet was met with an even mix of people backing her and others feeling there was no harm with the dancers’ routine.
One wrote: “They’re trying to work on racism in the game but sexism still needs work.”
Another put it: “Hypocrisy reigns in football, surely you knew that.”
Taking the opposite view, a Twitter user felt that the dancers were entitled to wear what they want.
They tweeted: “Dancers love dancing and they get paid for it, if seeing a woman earning a living doing something she loves is offensive we are truly lost.”
The PFA Footballer of the Year award went to Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk who beat off strong competition from Man City’s Raheem Sterling who did lift the Young Footballer of the Year prize.
The row comes after the host of the Ballon d’Or ceremony in Paris last year, Martin Solveig, asked the winners of the women’s award, Ada Hegerberg, if she knew how to twerk.