Pink offers to pay Norway women’s beach handball team’s fine over “sexist rules”

Andrew MacPherson

After the Norway women’s beach handball team was penalized for wearing shorts instead of bikini bottoms during their recent championship match, Pink slammed the “sexist” treatment and offered to pay the team’s fine.

The European Handball Federation ruled that bikini bottoms are required to be worn during matches and handed down a $1,700 fine, charging each woman who opted to wear shorts instead of bikini bottoms $175 for being out of uniform.

Pink was incensed by the ruling and took to Twitter over the weekend, rallying in support of the athletes.

“I’m VERY proud of the Norwegian female beach handball team FOR PROTESTING THE VERY SEXIST RULES ABOUT THEIR ‘uniform,'” the three-time Grammy winner penned.  “The European handball federation SHOULD BE FINED FOR SEXISM.”

Pink praised the team, offering both vocal and financial support by concluding, “Good on ya, ladies. I’ll be happy to pay your fines for you. Keep it up.”

She later retweeted a photo of the men and women’s beach handball teams posing together, which showed a side-by-side comparison of their uniforms.  While the men are wearing shorts and tank tops, the women are wearing bikini tops and bottoms.

The team has yet to respond to Pink’s offer.

However, after the fine was imposed, the Norwegian Handball Association took to Twitter and called upon the European Handball Federation to change its rules about uniforms.

Translated into English, the tweet reads, “We are very proud of these girls who during the European Championships raised their voices and announced that ENOUGH is ENOUGH!”

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