Pink Slams ‘Sexist’ Uniform Rules Imposed on Norway Team, Offers To Pay Their Fine

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Pink is speaking out against the penalty imposed on the Norwegian women’s beach handball team last week, offering to pay their fines for wearing shorts instead of bikini bottoms at the European championships.

On Sunday, the singer tweeted that she's "very proud of the Norwegian female beach handball team for protesting 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," she wrote.

Upon Pink weighing into the situation, the team shared their gratitude for her support on their Instagram Story and thanked her for her words.

Pink's impassioned note comes in the wake of Norway's beach handball team being fined 1,500 euros ($1,771) by the European Handball Federation {EHF) for "improper clothing," due to the players wearing shorts instead of bikini bottoms during a match against Spain in Varna, Bulgaria.

An EHF statement indicated that the disciplinary commission had imposed a fine of "150 euros per player, for a total of 1,500 euros," according to BBC Sport. The statement also said that Norway's shorts were "not according to the athlete uniform regulations defined in the IHF [International Handball Federation] beach handball rules of the game."

The rules currently state that the bikini bottoms worn by players must have “a close fit and cut on an upward angle toward the top of the leg. The side width must be of a maximum of 10 centimeters.”

In response to the fines, the Norwegian Handball Federation has said it was prepared to pay them.

EHF President Michael Wiederer has also spoken out to say he and 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," he said in a statement. “Women’s handball is treated equally in what concerns the competition's systems – and much earlier than in women’s football. Every single EHF EURO has been organized at the very highest level and done so in parallel every second year and with great success on and off the court.”

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Tags: Women's History, Pop Culture, Gender Equality

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Rose Low

Rose Low is a writer based in New York, with a background in social media strategy and reporting. She has a Masters from NYU and a love for romantic comedies. See Full Bio

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