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The singer-songwriter tweeted her support for the team on Saturday, after learning that its members were fined for wearing shorts instead of bikini bottoms at a championship match in Bulgaria. The So What hitmaker shared that she would be “happy to pay” the team’s fines to show her support for them, slamming the fact that they were fined in the first place.
Pink even said that she thinks the European handball federation should be fined for sexism given that there is no competitive reason for women being required to wear more revealing outfits than male athletes.
Writing on Twitter, the Just Like a Pill singer said: “I’m VERY proud of the Norwegian female beach handball team FOR PROTESTING THE VERY SEXIST RULES ABOUT THEIR ‘uniform’.
“The European handball federation SHOULD BE FINED FOR SEXISM. Good on ya, ladies. I’ll be happy to pay your fines for you. Keep it up.”
On Friday, the team shared an image of its members wearing the red shorts they wore during the championship match against Spain.
They also shared Pink’s message to their Instagram stories, saying: “WOW! Thank you so much for the support.”
Billie Jean King, a former female World No. 1 professional tennis player, joined Pink in her support of the team and criticised the double standards between men and women in sport.
She said: “The Norwegian Women’s Beach Handball team is facing fines for wanting to wear shorts instead of bikini bottoms. The bottoms are not to cover ‘more than 10cm on any sides.’
“The men’s team wears shorts.
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“The sexualisation of women athletes must stop.”
The Disciplinary Committee of the European Handball Federation (EHF) issued the fine, which requires the team to pay €1,500, or €150 per player.
Early last week, the Norwegian Handball Federation announced that it would to pay any fines imposed on the team.
Speaking to the AFP news agency on Monday, Norwegian Handball Federation president Kare Geir Lio, said: “Of course we would pay any fine. We are all in the same boat.”
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It is unclear whether or not the Norwegian Handball Federation or Pink will pay the team’s fines, but the response to the incident has resulted in the EHF’s president, Michael Wiederer, announcing plans to reassess the policy.
He said: “I can confirm that the EHF will do all it can to ensure that a change of athlete uniform regulations can be implemented.
“Significant efforts will be made in order to further promote the sport in the best way possible for everyone, regardless of gender.”
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